May 9, 2017

Q Tips (NOT!!!)

"Do NOT put anything smaller than your elbow in your ears."

That's the advice I have heard from doctors I have interviewed over the years. Yet according to a study out on Tuesday, kids are getting injured by doing just that:

"The researchers analyzed data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, which contains nationally representative data from U.S. emergency departments, to assess the extent of ear injuries in children due to cotton-tipped swabs.
They estimate that overall, 263,338 children under age 18 were seen at U.S. emergency departments between 1990 and 2010 for ear injuries tied to the use of these products."

So why are companies still selling these objects?


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