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#1 mumto3beauties

Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:15 AM

Ok yesterday I was brushing my daughters hair and she said "mummy look in my ear" so I had a look and there I see a corn kernal inside (uncooked popcorn) it is visible and if she kept still easily grabbed and pull out. Anyway after a few attempts myself I take her to the GP and he tries the same thing but she just wouldn't sit still. So he refers us to the ER. When we get there the triage nurse tries but no luck. So we get admitted and we wait 2 hours and I think it's ok, surely the doctors can get this out with a bit of sedation so she is still and relaxed. We get called through and they try the same method as what my GP and the triage nurse did. No luck and by this time she was really kicking up a fuss. The doctor said do you mind holding her tightly and letting her cry and I said no, she will forget about it once its out. So me, another nurse held her but he just couldn't get it. So they say sorry we cant sedate her as it needs to be atleast 8 hrs since food. You will have to come back tomorrow. I cant go back today. I have no car today & no one else to watch my other 2 children. Obviously if this was making her sick I wouldn't of left the ER last night but you would think there is nothing wrong with her. I know this needs to come out and I just wondered if there are any other tips to try and get this out. It looks like it has moved slightly, still visible and i reckon even a slight suction it would come out. All the methods I have read up on seem easy but she just wont sit still. My eldest daughter is back at school tomorrow (yipee!!!) So if I fail again today I will have to go up there again. I just wished they tried something else.
I am hoping it just falls out....wishful thinking I know!!!!!

#2 Ice Queen

Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:07 AM

I know you shouldnt laugh at other mum's misfortunes but I did have a small chuckle. laugh.gif

Seriously, how do kids do these things to themselves!!!???

Good luck.  No advice.

#3 JustBeige

Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:08 AM

When you ask her to sit still does she understand that you are trying to take it out?    I would just keep reminding her that its not hurting, just feels funny and if she wants it out she has to sit still, otherwise she cant play; swim; go to the park; have her favourite treat etc etc.

I would also give her something to occupy her with - ipod; book; music; lolly while I get it out.

If you think a bit of suction might work, can you use a syringe and see if you can put it near enough to suck the kernel onto the end.  Something like a nurofen dispenser is what I am thinking about.  No liquid in it though.

You are right in the fact that it has to come out, it will eventually start to decay and rot if it stays there or gets wet.

How heavy a sleeper is she?  Thats the only other alternative, is to do it in her sleep.

#4 Chelli

Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:13 AM

I would be careful about attempting to remove it yourself, it may accidentally go in further and be harder to remove.

Call in every favour you can and take her back to the hospital.

Good luck, I hope it's out soon. My DD did this as well.

#5 Peppery

Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:15 AM

I'm sorry i had a slight chuckle as well. My first thought... off to find the vacuum cleaner (i wouldn't do this)

Good luck, i hope you can remove the kernel today

#6 JoMarch

Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:19 AM

QUOTE (Chelli @ 30/01/2013, 09:13 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would be careful about attempting to remove it yourself, it may accidentally go in further and be harder to remove.

Call in every favour you can and take her back to the hospital.

Good luck, I hope it's out soon. My DD did this as well.


This.  Ears are pretty sensitive little organs so I'd leave it to the Drs/Nurses in ED.  You don't want to damage her ear.  Good luck!

#7 mumto3beauties

Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:30 AM

QUOTE (Ehill @ 30/01/2013, 10:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I know you shouldnt laugh at other mum's misfortunes but I did have a small chuckle. laugh.gif

Seriously, how do kids do these things to themselves!!!???

Good luck.  No advice.


I know! This is definitely something to remind her of when she is a teenager!  biggrin.gif

QUOTE (Peppery @ 30/01/2013, 10:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm sorry i had a slight chuckle as well. My first thought... off to find the vacuum cleaner (i wouldn't do this)

Good luck, i hope you can remove the kernel today


I thought of doing this LOL!!!!!

QUOTE (Mo2k @ 30/01/2013, 10:12 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Have you tried one of those 'bogey sucker' Things? They sell them with the saline drops for babies noses when they're stuffed. It won't have a large anough tube to actually suck it into the ball at the end but it should at least be able to suction onto it?


Have got one and tried. I didn't work. But it might if she was very still.

#8 erindiv

Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:32 AM

I'd try as hard as I could to get back to the ER. I had something stuck in my ear a while back (don't ask) and tried to get DBF to get it out, he ended up pushing it in further and it hurt like crazy.

If it was my DD I would have just pinned her down while the doctor got it out. Short term pain for long term gain  grin.gif

Edited by erindiv, 30 January 2013 - 10:33 AM.


#9 mumto3beauties

Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:34 AM

QUOTE (JustBeige @ 30/01/2013, 10:08 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
When you ask her to sit still does she understand that you are trying to take it out?    I would just keep reminding her that its not hurting, just feels funny and if she wants it out she has to sit still, otherwise she cant play; swim; go to the park; have her favourite treat etc etc.

I would also give her something to occupy her with - ipod; book; music; lolly while I get it out.

If you think a bit of suction might work, can you use a syringe and see if you can put it near enough to suck the kernel onto the end.  Something like a nurofen dispenser is what I am thinking about.  No liquid in it though.

You are right in the fact that it has to come out, it will eventually start to decay and rot if it stays there or gets wet.

How heavy a sleeper is she?  Thats the only other alternative, is to do it in her sleep.


I forgot to add this was me and my DH last night. He was holding a little torch and i have the tweezers but even in her sleep she was moving away. Then we stupidly woke her up! She is usually a heavy sleeper.

I am going to stop obsessing now and go back to the ER tomorrow morning after I have dropped off DD at school. I wont leave until it's out. Thanks for all replies!

UH....KIDS!  blink.gif

#10 mumto3beauties

Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:37 AM

QUOTE (erindiv @ 30/01/2013, 11:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd try as hard as I could to get back to the ER. I had something stuck in my ear a while back (don't ask) and tried to get DBF to get it out, he ended up pushing it in further and it hurt like crazy.

If it was my DD I would have just pinned her down while the doctor got it out. Short term pain for long term gain  grin.gif


I honestly tried. Me, a nurse and another doctor tired holding her. The nurse then said no more coz she is getting very distressed. Me on the other hand can tolerate the screaming just for 10 seconds, not even but he just couldn't get a grip on it. My DD although quite small for a 4 year old, she is strangely very VERY strong!

#11 Sassy Dingo

Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:40 AM

When I was little I stuck a Christmas decoration up my nose - the little baubles you get on a string - one had broken off and for some reason I decided that my nose was a good spot for it. Have vague memories of going to the Dr to get it out.

Hope your DD is ok OP - make sure to take some pictures you can embarrass her with when she is older original.gif

#12 jtsmith83

Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:41 AM

Similar thing happened to us, but they ended up carefully filling his ear with saline and it floated up enough the get it out with tweezers!

#13 hoohoobump

Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:45 AM

I've hear filling the ear with saline or olive oil to get things out.

#14 mmuc83

Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:54 AM

QUOTE (hoohoobump @ 30/01/2013, 10:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've hear filling the ear with saline or olive oil to get things out.


Not something to do at home without the necessary exprience... could end up a lot worse off!


#15 FeralZombieMum

Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:58 AM

Is she old enough to have chewing gum and not swallow it?

I'd give her some, get her chewing away, and have her lie on her side with the blocked ear facing down. The chewing action of her jaw might help push it out. I used to watch bits of ear wax work it's way out of my kid's ears as I was breastfeeding them.

Or
You could take her back to the GP with a bottle of Auralgan and ask if it would be ok to put that in her ear and hopefully float the corn out. I wouldn't do it without getting medical advice first - it could make things worse (might cause the corn to swell inside her ear canal).

My DS had grommets and when one fell out, it was sitting just inside the ear canal and took quite a few weeks to fall out completely as it was stuck down with ear wax. laughing2.gif

Edited by ZombieMum, 30 January 2013 - 10:59 AM.





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