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SOURCE Dr. Jerald Altman
A new children's book by Dr. Jerald Altman gives parents a fun and engaging way to teach kids not to put objects in their noses and ears.
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz., June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- If you're the parent of a young child, you've probably shrieked, "No! Don't put that there!" as you watched him or her guide a coin, a piece of cereal, or another small object toward his or her nostril or ear canal. And if you're like many, you've felt that moment of sheer panic when you caught a glimpse of an unidentified object stuffed unbelievably far into a nose or ear. When trying to prevent kids from sticking and stuffing things where they don't belong, you might as well be speaking a foreign language.
That's why Dr. Jerald Altman wrote a new children's book aimed at succeeding where dire parental warnings often fail.
"As an ENT I've seen this a thousand times," says Dr. Altman, coauthor along with Richard Jacobson of the children's book Don't Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don't Stuff Stuff In Your Ears! (ZonaBooks, LLC, 2013, ISBN: 978-0-988-88610-0, $12.50, www.dontstickdontstuff.com). "Parents can tell kids over and over not to do something, but kids will do it anyway. I realized, Hey, they don't listen to Mom and Dad but they might pay attention to a fun book."
In his practice, Dr. Altman has seen it all in little noses and ears: rocks, candy, paper, peanuts, crayons, buttons, plant burrs, and beads...and the list just gets stranger from there, he says. Of course, when kids put foreign objects into their noses and ears, they don't have any idea of the potential dangers-usually, they're simply curious! Unfortunately, plugged up ears and noses can cause injury, not to mention a lot of anxiety and healthcare costs for parents.
"Foreign (and often dirty) objects in a child's nose or ears can lead to serious health risks ranging from infections to blocked airways to punctured eardrums...things neither you nor your child wants to experience," warns Dr. Altman. "And, of course, there's the expense: co-pays, deductibles, and at times, general anesthesia."
Of course, terms like "health risk," "deductible," and "anesthesia" don't mean much to a youngster-and children under four are most at risk of getting in trouble with small objects. That's why Dr. Altman and Jacobson's two-time national award-winning book is so valuable-it explains the matter in simple, entertaining terms that two- to six-year-olds can understand, while keeping the conversation positive.
Don't Stick begins, "On your face are choices: your eyes, ears, mouth, and nose. When you ate your breakfast, we all know which you chose." Over the next 22 pages, this engaging board book uses clever rhymes and colorful illustrations to teach children that noses and ears are for smelling and hearing-not for storing small objects. Don't Stick is also in every electronic format, with an interactive app coming soon.
"Remember, prevention and awareness are key," concludes Dr. Altman. "Trust me, I'd much rather you and your child read my book than visit me in my office!"
About the Authors:
Dr. Jerald Altman is the coauthor of Don't Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don't Stuff Stuff In Your Ears! He is an otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon (ENT doctor) and was recognized as a Phoenix Top Doc in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. After publishing many peer-reviewed journal articles, he recognized the need for a children's book dealing with a common problem in his practice.
Dr. Altman is married with three children and lives in a suburb of Phoenix. He enjoys woodturning as a hobby and climbs Camelback Mountain regularly.
Richard Jacobson is the coauthor of Don't Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don't Stuff Stuff In Your Ears! He studied architecture at Yale University and has spent most of his adult life designing interiors, landscapes, tablescapes, clothing, and just about anything else that can be fashioned in a creative way.
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