In my book, warts are one of the more annoying realities of life. Though they are harmless–they generally don’t itch or hurt except for some deep warts on the feet—warts are quite a nuisance. They can be unsightly and uncomfortable. And they are usually very difficult to get rid of. Continue reading
A friend once told me with great disdain, while watching me wiggle a cotton swab deep in my ear canal with great satisfaction, “I never use Q-tips to clean out my ears.” Apparently a doctor once told him never to put anything smaller than his elbow into his ear, and he took these words as gospel.
Do you ever have the feeling when someone tells you some great truth, a law of the universe that you’ve been breaking for years in ignorance, that it’s remarkable that you have survived this long, having missed out on some basic manual on life along the way? I often wonder if the parents in my practice feel this way as I spout my wisdom on general health issues, and they look chagrined at having broken the rules with their child. The good news is, it’s hard to break your child. Especially with things like the management of ear wax.
So what are the rules of proper ear hygiene? Though I think that my friend’s doctor was a bit dramatic, I do agree that for the most part, cotton swabs do more harm than good for children’s ears. Continue reading
When did your finger start hurting? (To a 10 year old complaining of finger pain.)
“When I punched the wall.”
When did you start feeling sick? (To a 9 year old with a sore throat and cough.)
“After my sister coughed in my face.”
When did your head start hurting?
“When my teacher started talking about similes and metaphors”. (Ahh, 4th grade.)
And from a (very precocious) 4-year-old patient of mine:
When did your throat start hurting?
“I don’t know.”
Well, was it yesterday maybe?
“Don’t be ridiculous. It was *way* before yesterday.”