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May 1935

REMOVAL OF A FOREIGN BODY FROM THE NOSE OF AN INFANT

Arch Otolaryngol. 1935;21(5):591. doi:10.1001/archotol.1935.00640020605012

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Abstract

Surgeons who have experienced the difficulty and worry of attempting to remove foreign bodies from the nose of babies and young children will appreciate a suggestion that may assist in the operation.

An assistant holds the head of the child. A ring of gauze is placed around the child's mouth. Both sides of the nose are closed by pressure, the child being forced to breathe through the mouth. After the surgeon takes a long breath he quickly places his mouth over the patient's mouth, on the gauze ring, and at the same time the pressure on the side of the nose containing the foreign body is released. An effort is made to blow hard into the child's mouth, thus forcing the air out of the obstructed side of the nose. It is well to have some gauze held between the child's nose and the surgeon's face to catch the discharge

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