Jump to content

Advice please


  • Please log in to reply
14 replies to this topic

#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.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Win a copy of 'Breakfast, School Run, Chemo'

To celebrate the launch of EB member and contributor Julia's Watson's first book, we have five copies of Breakfast, School Run, Chemo give away.

Electronic tags may keep newborns safe

The possibility of using electronic bracelets for mothers and their newborn babies is being investigated by Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital. 

Baby steps: when your little one starts walking

As a parent there are so many milestones to look forward to. That first smile, first word - and, of course, that first step.

Julia Watson's new book 'Breakfast, School Run, Chemo'

Tomorrow my friend Julia launches her first book. And while we're all overjoyed, the success is tinged with sadness. You see, Julia has stage 4 bowel cancer.

How not to name twins

Call me boring, but I don't think that when it comes to choosing my twins' names is the right time to use a good pun.

Fun Sunny Life pool inflatables just for babies

The babies of 2015 will thus be thrilled to paddle their happy baby legs in these brand new flamingo and swan baby inflatables.

Breastfeeding basics for beginners

Here are 10 tips to help make breastfeeding successful and stress free for both you and your baby as quickly as possible.

Girl smothers baby brother with peanut butter

This mum had a big clean up job on her hands.

How to hide those under eye shadows

Pandas are the only ones who benefit from under-eye shadows. If you're not fluffy and cute, you'll just look tired.

Young mum dies after being denied pap smear

A mother has died after she was denied a pap smear because she was deemed "too young" to need it.

Birthday cakes banned at childcare centre

A childcare centre in Sydney has banned birthday cakes after parent complaints about excessive sugar and children with allergies being left out.

Triplet surprise for newlyweds

As the radiographer moved the wand over her abdomen, Shelley King got the surprise of her life.

3 yummy Thermomix baby and toddler recipes

Louise Fulton Keats shares her recipes for babies and toddlers, including corn and sweet pikelets, pumpkin and pea risotto, and cheesy bunny biscuits.

Man arrested over toddler Nikki's death

A 31-year-old man has been arrested over the death of two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich in Mildura.

Adoption ban on pregnant women to be lifted

Pregnant women will no longer be barred from adoption waiting lists in NSW, after the Baird Government decided the practice was discriminatory.

Are you getting enough magnesium?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, but we don't talk enough about it and the vital role it plays in great health and energy, as well as disease prevention.

5 workplace lessons for new parents

Take heart in these principles that will transfer seamlessly from the workplace into your new life as a parent.

Mums to follow on Instagram

A creative outlet for many, there are some savvy women complementing their blogs and businesses with riveting Instagrams feeds. We've chosen a few which have bucketloads of appeal; there are some big time players and some smaller local ones, and they each bring their special brand of magic to the Instagram experience.

Review: The Volvo 2015 XC90 SUV has all the safety features your family needs

The new Volvo XC90 SUV's focus on keeping you safe does not come at the expense of comfort in the XC90.

Kim Kardashian reveals she may have hysterectomy

Kim Kardashian has revealed complications during pregnancy means she might have to have a hysterectomy after the birth of her second child.

Why late night snacks wreak havoc on weight loss

 Loath as you may be to admit it, chances are that at some point you have found yourself in the kitchen late at night, devouring food.

Toddler twins pretend to be asleep to fool mum

They say twins have a unique connection. If this cute clip is anything to go by, these toddler sisters like to use their special bond to try to fool their mother.

Dad bags: 10 picks for out and about

Getting out of the house is a big priority in the early years of parenthood and you need to take a well-stocked kit with you. We've chosen 10 of the best nappy bags sure to appeal to dads in style and function.

Win a Mountain Buggy Swift

To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Dads who do their share have more sex: study

For women trying to encourage their partners to take more interest in fatherhood, it could be the ultimate incentive.

Think you might have IBS, coeliac disease or Crohn's?

Conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract are common in modern humans, and many are on the rise - including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and coeliac disease.

Couple poses for newborn shoot with adorable puppy

Tired of being asked about their baby-making plans, Australian couple Matt and Abby decided to give a creative answer.

The exercises you know you should be doing (but probably aren't)

I bet your to-do list today is long. But somewhere on that massive list, are you making time for your pelvic floor?

This baby really loves the family cat

Some babies get excited when mum or dad come to get them from their cot after a nap.

Designer kids clothing good enough to eat by Oeuf

Even if you aren't heading to the Northern hemisphere in the next six months, you can't help but love the amazing food-themed knits for babies and kids by cult kids brand Oeuf.

Early exposure to peanuts recommended for allergy prevention

A paediatricians' group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn one.

Home brand foods contain less salt than pricier rivals

Supermarket home brand foods, long derided as cheap and inferior, contain far lower levels of salt than pricier, branded rivals, new research shows.

Nannies for hire, wherever you're flying

Ever dreaded the prospect of a long flight, dreaming about how wonderful it would be for a nanny to entertain the kids?

Couple poses for newborn shoot with adorable puppy

Tired of being asked about their baby-making plans, Australian couple Matt and Abby decided to give a creative answer: with an unusual photo shoot with their 'baby', a groodle (poodle/golden retriever cross) named Humphrey. The talented Elisha from Elisha Minnette Photography caught all the precious shots.

Is it okay to name your baby with a sense of humour?

My husband was sure that Danger was a good option for a boy. And as the pregnancy progressed, it actually started to sound really good.

Woman gives birth after having her own mother's uterus transplanted

In a world first, a healthy baby has been born from the same womb that nurtured his own mother.

So hot right now: double-barrelled baby names on the rise

It's one way to make your baby stand out from the pack – giving them not one, but two first names.

Second time around: is it really better the devil you know?

When I fell pregnant with my second child I was, naturally, very excited. Then it all started to come back to me - and I freaked.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

How did we have babies before apps came along?

Three months ago, my wife, Chrysta, and I were driving along Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles when she let out a harrowing cry.

When your toddler disagrees

There comes a time when your child starts having different views to you. I didn't realise that time would come so soon.

Win a Pacapod this Father's Day

To celebrate dads and families, we are giving away a Picos Pack from Pacapod Australia filled with a few extra goodies ENTER NOW

 

FREE TICKET

Discover the magic of the LEGOŽ DUPLOŽ Play Area in Sydney

Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.