These Objects Found in Charlotte Kids’ Ears, Noses, and Throats Will Make You Spit Out Your Drink


A unique collection: Objects Dr. Michael Miltich of CEENTA has extracted out of Charlotte kids' ears and noses over the past 34 years.


The innocence of a child is endearing. It’s also hilarious.

If you have a kid, you know how it is. You leave them alone for one minute, only to find them doing something messy, dangerous, or just plain gross. Well, today, you’re in for a treat, because you’re about to read about things that fall under all three of those categories. We asked the brave doctors at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. (CEENTA) what they’ve found over the years in their patients’ bodily orifices. Yes, you read that right—we’re chronicling all the strange objects the CEENTA professionals have found in kids’ ears, noses, and throats. Because somebody’s gotta go in there to investigate.

Check out the doctors’ stories in their own words below (edited for flow), and try not to giggle and/or gag. Kids, they do the darndest things


What These CEENTA Docs Found


Rotting Newspaper

"A young child presented severe halitosis for two years. She would improve whenever she received antibiotics for anything, but it would recur. We took her to surgery and found a piece of rotting newspaper with a date two years earlier," says Dr. Christopher Tebbit.

Other items Dr. Tebbit has found in ears, include eraser tips, Legos, beads, corn kernels, dry beans and crayon pieces. And few doozies he found in kids’ noses include a candy wrapper, newspaper, Legos and beads.



"The funniest one was when a child's piggy bank broke, and he had nowhere to put â€‹his coins, so he put a dime up his nose. Mom figured it out once he started to have a lot of foul drainage coming out of his nose. The dime had been in his nose for a week—fantastic! The key is to make sure your child has either a piggy bank or a bank account (direct deposit is helpful to keep coins out of their hands!)," says Dr. Jonathan Moss.

Other items Dr. Moss has collected from the noses of children include beans, peas, pizza crust (yes, pizza crust), beads, Legos and parts of toys.


A Centipede

"I fondly remember a preschooler who was brought in by his mom to “just convince him there isn’t anything moving in his ear,” says Dr. Michael Sicard. “His mom almost fell over when I pulled a 1-centimeter centipede from the child’s ear."


A Tooth

"I had one child put a tooth in his ear because he wanted to keep it and didn’t want the tooth fairy to take it,” says Dr. Darrell Klotz. “I had another child put kitty litter in their ear."

Grandma always said, don’t put anything bigger than your elbow in your ear.


More Paper

"I removed a small piece of paper from a young child’s ear,” says Dr. Joshua Levine. “ His parents asked, ‘How did that get there?’ His response: “My baby brother put it in there!” The brother was 8 months old.

Other items Dr. Levine has removed from a child’s ear: hair beads, fish-tank rocks, a pencil tip and a crayon piece.


Pencil Lead

"I have removed lots of things: erasers, beans, beads, rocks, and pencil lead,” says Dr. Brett Heavner. “I removed 14 pieces from one side and 11 from another a few years ago from a teenager."


Did We Mention Beads?

“One thing I have the most of that I’ve taken out is beads,” says Dr. Michael Miltich. “I probably have enough beads to make a bracelet. They’re easy to remove. Pieces of eraser are the second most common. I took an eraser tip out of a child’s ear today. It was covered in wax and nobody knew it was in there.”

“Round balls are tough. A teenager inhaled a thumbtack. Those you have to be careful removing because you don’t want the tip to scratch them so you have to grab them by the tip,” Miltich says. “I’ve taken coins out of the esophagus and fish bones out of the back of the throat. I’ve removed googly eyes.”

By the way, it’s not just kids. “I had one adult who had dementia who had a hearing-aid battery in his ear. However, this patient didn’t wear hearing aids and no one knew where it came from. If one of those is swallowed or stuck in the nose it’s an emergency because it can cause burns,” Miltich says.

“One adult lost the tip of her stenographer’s headset in her ear. The doctors couldn’t see it because it was translucent and a tube. It had been there for years because no one could see it.”

Word of warning from Dr. Miltich: “If parents think their children put something in their nose or ears, and if they’re not in pain, don’t let the pediatrician take it out, just come to us. We have special tools to remove objects they might not have.”


About CEENTA: With over 130 eye and ENT providers at nearly 20 locations across North and South Carolina, Charlotte Ear Eye Nose and Throat Associates offers a full spectrum of services to you and your family. Whether your concern is big or small, we have the specialists to clearly examine, diagnose, and treat most issues.