Inducing A Child To Open Its Mouth (author's Method)

Sources: A Manual Of Peroral Endoscopy And Laryngeal Surgery

The wounding

of the child's mouth, gums, and lips, in the often inefficacious

methods with gags, hemostats, raspatories, etcetera, are entirely

unnecessary. The mouth of any child not unconscious can be opened

quickly and without the slightest harm by passing a curved probe

between the clenched jaws back of the molars and down back of the

tongue toward the laryngopharynx. This will cause the child to gag,

when its mouth invariably opens.