If your child has a small object stuck up his nose, try this technique to get it out as quickly and painlessly as possible.

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Credit: Jim Franco

Toddlers often put small objects up their nose. It's possible to get them out using forceps, but researchers from the United Kingdom recently tested a potentially less painful treatment called "mother's kiss." Discuss it with your pediatrician and, if you try it, explain the process to your child first so he knows what to expect. To do it, place your mouth over your child's, creating a firm seal. While covering the unobstructed nostril with a finger, blow short puffs of air into your child's mouth until the object pops out of his nose. The technique worked about 60 percent of the time, and removed everything from a piece of sponge to a plastic doll's shoe (ouch!).

Originally published in the June 2013 issue of Parents magazine.

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