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Question: What is the positive-pressure technique?

Answer:

After the installation of a local vasoconstrictor, a caregiver (usually a parent) gently occludes the unobstructed nares with his or her thumb, being careful not to deviate the septum. The parent tells the child that he or she is going to give the child a big kiss.” With the child in a supine position with his or her mouth open, the parent delivers, mouth-to-mouth, a short, sharp puff of air. The foreign body is usually delivered to the parent’s cheek, along with other intranasal material.

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