Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Andrea | 2008-11-24



My daughter is a littleold for a pediatrician but I hope you can give some advice.

My daughter is 11. She was prone to ear infections as a small child but hasn' t had for many years. In June she developed pharangitis. Now, in November she suddenly had a massive infection and her ear drum perforated.

I took her to an ENT who diagnosed an outer ear infection which he treated. He asked to see her in 4 days time to clear out the ear of excess wax. When we went back, he saw (previously the infection had been to severe) that the eard drum had prforated. He gave my daughter meds and said we could expect it to clear up completely. He wanted to see her in a week again to ensure the perforation was fixed up.

She has been struggling to hear in that ear, and when we took her back on Friday, he said that there is fluid trapped behind the eardrum. He gave her meds (two nasal sprays and orals meds) to try to clear it up but is a little usure wherether it will do the trick.

He wants to see her again on Monday next week. If the fluid hasn' t cleared up he wants to either inter a gromit of drain the fluid under anastetic.
What should I do? Is 11 too old for a gromit? What would draiing the ear entail?

Expert's Reply



Your daughter has had a very severe ear infection. So much so that the eardrum on that side burst leaving a tear or hole in the drum. Simple treatment has not helped. She certainly will need a grommet in the affected ear which should solve her problem and drain the fluid from her ear. The fluid drains through the grommit tube.The grommit will fall out of her eardrum by itself when her ear has healed.

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