Don't stick stuff up your nose! Doctor writes book to keep little noses clear

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Pediatricians say they've seen it all: marbles that find their way up a tiny nose, spare change that gets swallowed, a paperclip that gets stuck in a throat.

Kids often find ways to get in trouble, and they wind up at the doctor's office. As every parent knows, kids are going to get into mischief no matter how many times we say, "Don't do that!" And especially for younger children, one of those irresistible activities is sticking fingers and foreign objects in their noses and ears.

Glendale physician Jerald S. Altman wrote a book called "Don't Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don't Stuff Stuff In Your Ears!"

Altman says he routinely sees youngsters with beads, blocks, batteries, coins, rocks, sticks, nuts, and much more stuck in their nostrils and ears. Unfortunately, many of these kids are in pain and at risk for serious injury. And sometimes, the foreign objects have to be removed in the operating room.

"I know that in the vast majority of cases, parents have warned their children over and over again not to stick things in their noses and ears," says Altman, who has three kids himself.

That's why Altman decided to create his children's board book, to help parents reinforce this concept in a fun, easy way.

Dr. Altman is having a book talk and signing @ Changing Hands Bookstore on August 16, 2014.
His book signing will include free information for parents about the common problems with putting things where they don't go.

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