Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: JANINE | 2008/07/14

Q.

GROMMETS

My little boy got is tonsils taken out just after his 2bday. while doing the tonsils the doctor put grommets into his ears, was a bit uncomfortable but has been ok. about a couple of months i saw (looked like sand from a sand pit) a dark brown / black spots in the outside and around his right ear. yesterday i took a ear bud and wet it and wiped his ear out and saw that it was blood. is this something to worry about? phoned the ENT and he said he should come in, would water be the course of this as my mothering law said that if water is not a issue for grommets and she'll wet his hair and if water goes into his ears it wont hurt him??? please advise as soon as possible as im really worried & can only get a appoint. at the end of the week. have i done something wrong becuase i have tried looking after his ear as mych as i can!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Whatever the cause of the blood-containing discharge is, it is essential to have your son seen by his ENT surgeon again. It is best to keep the ears dry once grommets have been inserted. It is possible that your son has developed another ear infection.

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