I have heard of kids sticking food/small objects in their noses and having to go to emergency... well my daughter (16 months) has started sticking things in her ears. She got a toy cell phone and we were so amused when she stuck it up to her ear and said hi right when she got it that I think we kinda encouraged it. But now I am a little worried because it has progressed to basically any object or food piece she has in her hands including things like raisins. I don't want her to stick them in her ears. I also know if I make a big deal out of it she will do more. Is there anything I can do to make her stop before she hurts herself?

asked 16 Mar '10, 20:25

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edited 17 Mar '10, 21:50

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I don't have a definitive answer, but here's what I would do:

  1. Don't encourage it by laughing, smiling, or any positive reaction.
  2. Distract and redirect when you see it happening.

I think rule #2 is just a method of helping yourself to follow rule #1. :)


answered 16 Mar '10, 20:32

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We limit access to small things. If it could fit through a paper towel tube, it was too small for the baby.

The only exception, then, was really mealtime, and at first we just don't react. If it continued, though, we'd react quickly by removing the object from his hand, saying, "No ear!" firmly, and taking away the rest of the food. He'd complain for a bit, so we'd give him one or two pieces, and if he ate them we'd give more, and if he put them in his ear (or threw them on the floor, or [insert undesirable behavior here]) then we'd take them away again, and eventually clean him up, say, "all done!" and take him out of the high chair.

Just as they learn that they get a good response the first time they put the cellphone up to their ear, they learn pretty quickly not to do things that get a negative response.

But we'd still display a positive reaction with putting a cellphone to the ear - that's a fine activity for them, and they will eventually understand the difference between a toy and something that is too small to be put up to their head. They learn surprisingly quick, and one of the reasons I suspect is because they test things out so thoroughly. "Well, the cellphone made them happy, let's see what the peas do..."


answered 17 Mar '10, 01:40

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Don't attempt getting that thing off the ear if your not on the medical field. There's a certain instrument in Emergency Dept. named "alligator forceps" and other long tip pick-ups to help it removed without harming your ear canals.


answered 19 Mar '10, 23:09

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Is this from personal experience? :)

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