Posted by: BB | 2004/10/28


Grommets in a 5 year old

My stepson has had grommets in both ears for the past 4 years. The ears seem to leak puss whenever we have him every 2nd weekend. We plug his ears with prestick when he swims, but lately it's been getting worse. he has a runny nose all the time and it is yellow. he's been to several doctors and they have all given him eardrops and antibiotics, but nothing seems to want to take it away. We've even tried nasal sprays for adults, but nothing.

Please advise urgently

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The best advice would be to see an ENT surgeon and to see the same person everytime. It is only when there is continuity that the doctor can work out a plan to address this chronic problem.

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Posted by: dr anonymous | 2004/10/31

Dear BB

I am no specialist, but I can tell you that plugging his ears may not be a good idea & neither is using of adult nasal sprays...ask your paed or ent secialist on that.
Plugging may prevent infection from settling.
If the ears are draining pus, then let it drain ,you must do ear tolietting (i'ms sure your doc has explained to you how) almost 3-4 times a day with the ear drops you have been given.

Try to stop the swimming activity for at least 4wks (it is not the end of the world for a5yr old), allow the pus to drain & do regular ear toilet & then see how he is doing.
However, if he has pain, fever & iritability take him to your doc again.

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