Mom says every parent should know about the 'Big Kiss'

Mom says every parent should know about the 'Big Kiss'

It's bound to happen at least once, when your kid sticks something up their nose that's not supposed to be there...

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Sometimes it feels like as parents all we are doing is learning about new things. 

Especially when it comes to our kids' health. We're not complaining, it can just be stressful. 

A good example is the 'Big Kiss'. At first glance, you would think it is exactly what it says it is, a big kiss, but guess what, it's not!

A video collection of parents administering the 'Big Kiss' on their young kids makes us realise that it is a safety tip all parents should know. 

At some point or the other, we are warned about kids putting everything and anything in their noses. That's extremely dangerous, because it blocks their airways. 

And more than that, depending on the object, the child's health could be at risk. 


Basically, the big kiss is a big blow into a child's mouth, whilst blocking out a nostril to remove any object that is stuck in the other nostril. 

Nikki Jurcutz is the co-founder of Tiny Hearts Foundation, which is a company that teaches parents infant CPR as well as first aid. This is how she described the Big Kiss:

“We used to refer to this as the mother’s kiss but I’ve decided to start referring to it as the Big Kiss as any trusted adult can do this one,” she wrote in the caption. “This one is used to dislodge something stuck up the nose of a little one!” (The Bump)

If anything, knowing how to do this can essentially save your child's life. 

Especially because we have heard many stories in the past where kids have placed batteries into their noses and it ended in fatality. 

WATCH demonstrations of how this is performed. Courtesy of TikTok

@tinyheartseducation Knowing how to do the ‘Big Kiss’ could save you a trip to the ED. The Big Kiss is a positive-pressure technique that is minimally invasive and can be less distressing to kids. 🔋 A note on button batteries: If it is a button battery that your little one has popped up their nose, then you should call the poisons hotline immediately as button batteries can damage the surrounding tissue and warrants urgent removal. Some information on risks:⁠ 👃 The puff of air should be short and sharp. 👃 A number of theoretical risks have been proposed, such as barotrauma to the tympanic membranes and lower airways. However, there has never been a reported incidence of tympanic membrane rupture or pneumothorax using the parent’s kiss technique ⁠👃 Evidence from case reports and case series suggests that the mother’s kiss technique is a useful and safe first-line option for the removal of foreign bodies from the nasal cavities of children. #parentingtips ♬ original sound - marianne

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