“Nothing Smaller Than Your Elbow”: When Kids Put Things in Their Ears

Did you ever hear this phrase from your grandmother? It refers to what it is OK to put in your ear and clearly implies that nothing actually belongs in your ear. And whose kid hasn’t come close or (worse yet) succeeded in putting something in the ear that simply does not belong there? Popular items […]

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Sinusitis or a cold? When children have runny noses.

Respiratory infection season is here! This means lots of colds, especially in daycare- and preschool-aged children. And that leads to the worry of a cold or viral upper respiratory tract infection (URI) becoming a bacterial sinusitis. How do you know if the runny nose and cough is from a cold or from a sinus infection? […]

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When should I worry about an ear infection in my child?

Ear infection – one of the common causes of doctor’s visit, in San Diego and everywhere.  Infants or toddlers often wake at night, irritable and fussy, pulling on their ears and crying, maybe with a cold and a fever. This all too familiar scenario has all of the hallmarks of an ear infection (or, more formally, […]

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What is snot for? Musings on mucus

Mucus is icky.  Germy. Slimy. Gross.  Nobody wants to touch snot! But what is snot, and why do we have it, anyway? Our lowly snot is actually really important: it helps to keep us healthy. Snot, otherwise known as mucus, is a secretion created by the body.  As we breathe air in through our nose, […]

What is stuck in my throat?

Have you ever had that funny feeling that there is something stuck in your throat, that you just can’t get rid of? There is actually a name for it: globus sensation. It’s a fairly common reason for children (and adults) to be referred to an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist (ENT). But where does the […]