Blood Came Out Of The Child’s Ear After Being Punctured By A Cotton Bud?

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Good evening, my son is 18 months old. This morning his ear was accidentally punctured by cotton buds until he cried, after a few minutes he was bleeding and the clot was quite a lot. In the afternoon I took it to the clinic to a general practitioner, the doctor revealed that there was a tear inside but it didn’t hit his eardrum and was given OTOPAIN 3 drops. x 1 drop and pain medication (Drink) At night I put 1 drop in his ear at night, soon enough blood flowed out of his ear, even though before I took it to the doctor, the blood flow didn’t come out. r n r nI want to ask if it’s the effect of the drops? Or the wound is bleeding again. r nPlease explain.

1 Answer:

Hi WNanda,

Thank you for asking

Medically, scratching the ear using sharp objects, such as wire, matches, or cotton buds is not recommended. Besides the risk of causing injury to the ear, this procedure also has the potential to cause inflammation in the ear canal, tearing of the eardrum, buildup of earwax, and also infection.

The discharge of blood from the ear canal after being punctured by a cotton bud may indeed indicate an injury to the ear. This injury may be confined to the outer ear (ie the earlobe or external auditory meatus) and can even penetrate the eardrum into the middle ear. Clinically, it is difficult to distinguish the extent of damage without direct examination of the ear.

If the injury is small, the bleeding should stop within a short time (less than 24 hours) due to the blood clotting mechanism. However, if the bleeding is still occurring until now, it is possible that the injury to your child's ear is quite large and deep. This may not be related to the ear drops that your doctor gave you.

The ear drops that the doctor gave contain the active substance polymyxin B sulfate, neomycin sulfate, fludrocortisone acetate, and lidocaine HCl. When viewed from its content, this drug functions to treat bacterial infections (because it contains antibiotics), treat inflammation (because it contains anti-inflammatory properties), and also reduce pain (because it contains analgesics). Indeed, the use of these drops can cause side effects in the form of irritation in the ear which can trigger bleeding. However, this side effect is actually very rare.

If the bleeding still doesn't stop within 2 x 24 hours after your child's ear is punctured by a cotton bud, we recommend that you check your child directly to an ear, nose, and throat specialist. the damage occurred and what kind of handling is appropriate to overcome it.

Currently, in addition to sticking to ear drops according to the doctor's instructions, you should always keep your child's ears dry and free from getting foreign objects in. If there is blood flowing out of the ear canal, clean it using a clean tissue or gauze. Most importantly, stop the habit of scratching your ears using any tools. Cerumen (earwax) is useful for maintaining ear moisture as well as preventing the entry of foreign particles into the ear. Therefore, you do not need to clean it excessively by scraping it.

Hope it helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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