Category Archives: Weird Stuff


Top 5 Tips to Save Children from Ear and Nose Foreign Bodies


It’s very common for kids to stick things where they don’t belong: namely the nose and the ears. The list of things they insert just keeps continues to grow, from candy to rocks to beads and buttons. All of these foreign bodies can lead to some serious health issues, including blocked airways, nosebleeds and punctured […]

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Ethiopia and Medicine – What can we do?


I wanted to venture off into another topic, but one not far from this blog. I plan to fly off in different directions periodically because other things are important to talk about.  I have been to Ethiopia 4 times in 3 years and will be going back this year, probably in May 2015. If you […]

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Cleaning Your Ears Safely – No Qtips In Your Ears!


Qtip brand Qtips made by Unilever should not be used in the ear canal, period.  On Unilever’s website, it reads, “To clean your ears, stroke Q-tips ® cotton swabs gently around the outer ear, without entering the ear canal.” This begs the question: Why does everyone (well nearly everyone) put Qtips in their ear canal? […]

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Zen Sanity Review


Stuff in their Ears? Sticks up their nose? Let’s keep things out of our kid’s ears and nose! Rhyming and beautiful, bright and colorful illustrations will gently remind children to avoid putting things where they don’t go! After 14 years of practice, Dr. Altman never ceases to be amazed at what children will think of […]

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Don’t Stick Stuff Up Your Nose! How to Keep Your Child From Putting Things Where They Don’t Belong and What to Do If It Happens


BIRMINGHAM PARENT READER BLOG An online tool for Birmingham Parent readers to voice their opinions,offer parenting advice and more. Birmingham Parent, the premier parenting resource of Central Alabama By Dr. Jerald Altman Picture this: During dinner on a quiet Wednesday night, your two-year-old, Sarah, begins complaining that her nose hurts as she starts to cry. […]

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A foreign object is not always so funny.


This bead was an expensive one. There were 2 attempts to remove it before I tried. Well, when I tried, the 4 year old was LESS than happy to cooperate and the ear canal was slightly swollen. So, I had to bring her to the O.R. so that she could be put under anesthesia. After […]

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Dangers of Foreign Bodies


I had a great time in the studio discussing the common things that kids put in their ears and nose. Susan Casper and Terri Ouellette could not have been nicer! Terri told the story of how her then 9-year-old son, put a little sword in his nose- thankfully she was able to get it out herself. We […]

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HELP! OUR VACUUM IS TOO LOUD (and our deductible is too high)


Yesterday, I had to bring this 8 year old and very awesome young man, to the operating room.  We needed to have him under general anesthesia in order to get out this bright orange, flaking-apart, silicone ear plug stuff.  He was trying to soften the sound of the family vacuum by putting this #earplug material in his […]

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Throwback to Parenting Magazine June 2013


This blog started in 2014, so those reading may not have seen one of the first articles about Don’t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don’t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears! Many children and family oriented magazines were contacted in an effort to educate the public on the common problems of children’s ear and nose foreign […]

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Are Q-tips the “Gateway Drug” to placing foreign bodies in the ear?


Today was a day filled with ear foreign bodies. Some days there are none, other days there are more than one. Today was the more than one day. It started with this great little 5 year old boy who came with his very calm and relaxed Mom. Apparently, the first physician that he saw for […]

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