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9 Crazy Things Parents Have Found in Their Kids' Ears (PHOTOS)

by Nicole Fabian-Weber December 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM
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Barbie Shoe

"Friends of mine had a preschooler who had a tumor in his ear near his brain -- they were told it might be a dangerous form of fast-growing cancer that could have spread to his brain. Surgeons discovered that it was actually a pink Barbie shoe! He had stuck it in his ear much earlier and tissue had grown around it over time.  Thankfully, he was fine! It wasn't brain cancer, just a Barbie shoe!"

"Friends of mine had a preschooler who had a tumor in his ear near his brain -- they were told it might be a dangerous form of fast-growing cancer that could have spread to his brain. Surgeons discovered that it was actually a pink Barbie shoe! He had stuck it in his ear much earlier and tissue had grown around it over time.  Thankfully, he was fine! It wasn't brain cancer, just a Barbie shoe!"

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Facebook comment from Katriena Young
December 4, 2013 at 1:37 PM

My oldest nephew stuck a bead up his nose when he was around 3 or so. He manged to get if so the hole was facing down so he could breath through it. It was up there for a day or 2 before he said his nose hurt. His parents had to take him to the doctors to get it out.

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December 4, 2013 at 4:31 PM
Ive seen all.these in a nasal passage or ear canal except the moth.....kids are funny. Its usually harmelss and just requires a quick trip.toba pcp or ent to remove. This author is blowing this out of proportion. Only time it can be dangerous (rare) is if it perforates a membrane...
Facebook comment from Kayla Jolene Hoosier
December 5, 2013 at 9:37 AM

When I was little, I was eating popcorn one night and I got bored and stuck a popcorn seed in my ear to see how well it would fit.  I started panicking because I couldn't get it back out and with each attempt it went farther in.  I was too embarrassed to tell my parents so I just went to sleep.  The next morning I tried and failed again to get it out.  I figured then that it would just fall out on its own, so I completely forgot about it after that.  A year later, I had incredible ear pain.  My parents took me to the doctor, he noticed a blockage and said he would have to flush my ear.  I didn't know why until he eventually pulled out the popcorn seed that I had completely forgotten about!  It actually looked like a hard pea by then.  Don't ask how because I don't know but it had started growing roots in my ear!  That's why my ear hurt so bad!  I had several ear infections a couple times a year for several years afterward in that ear, but I never stuck anything in my ear again.  This entire experience has made me almost completely deaf in that ear because the popcorn seed and the subsequent ear infections damaged my ear drum.

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Nonmember comment from mommaof2boys
December 5, 2013 at 11:13 AM
My now 11 year old has asthma, one day when is was 4 or 5 he kept coughing and coughing ( that led to throwing up every time he would cough!) well we just chalked it up to his asthma so we took hI'm in to get some steroids and the dr did the usual check up in his ears and saw a piece of hair on his eardrum, that was tickling him and caused him to cough and throw up! Lol
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Trutherford85
December 5, 2013 at 12:05 PM
When my lil sis was about 4 she stuck a giant heart shape bead so far up her nose it took the doctor 2 hrs to remove it! Haha
Facebook comment from Randolph Nolen
December 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM
My son stuck one of those flat marbles like you put in aquariums in his ear when he was 6, and it took a trip to the ER and sedation to get it out.
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Nonmember comment from NoWay
December 5, 2013 at 2:58 PM
Ugh. The moth one is giving me the chills! Eek!
Facebook comment from Gail Burgeson
December 5, 2013 at 4:48 PM
My dad stuck a rock in his ear and had to go to the doctor to get it removed. Apparently there was a pea commercial that talked about putting peas in your nose and ears that he was just immitating
Facebook comment from Joy Harvey Wilson
December 5, 2013 at 8:05 PM

WHen my nephew was little he kept failing hearing tests.  Finaly after going to the doctor, he pulled an apple seed out of my nephew's ear.

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Katherine410
December 5, 2013 at 8:23 PM
Not a child but still funny and child like! My step dad wadded up toilet paper in to little balls to use as ear plugs when we were at a music festival. He was in the bathroom for over an hour the next morning and when he finally emerged he told us he lost the toilet paper in one of his ears, it was just to far in there. My mom and I cried laughing about him having to go to the doctor and admit to putting toilet paper in his ears;-) (he was about 45yrs old).
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