Ears Of Toddlers Often Discharge?
Assalam’mualaikm r nDok I want to ask my child after bathing, he often enters the water in his ears and then comes out a discharge that smells like the next morning, until it dries up on the surface of his ear holes and what is my solution what is harmful to my child who is still a toddler?
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The discharge from the ear (also known as otorrhea) can be caused by a number of causes, the following are some of them:
External otitis or external ear infection
Acute otitis media or acute middle ear infection accompanied by tearing of the eardrum
Chronic otitis media or long-standing middle ear infection
Ear wax or wax buildup
Foreign object in the ear
Brain fluid (in children who have recently experienced head trauma / injury)
Bathing water that gets into the ear can cause an infection of the outer ear. Therefore, it's a good idea to bring your child to the pediatrician or ENT doctor for further tests. The ENT doctor will perform a direct examination into your child's ear to determine the cause of the discharge. If it is caused by an external ear infection (otitis externa) the doctor can give antibiotic ear drops to treat the infection.
The disorders in the ears mentioned above can certainly interfere with the health and development of your toddler. Conditions such as external ear infections or prop wax, although not too dangerous, can still cause hearing loss in children. Conditions such as middle ear infections can be dangerous if left untreated and treated.
Meanwhile, don't try to dig your child's ear with an ear plug or cotton bud, don't give your child their own ear drops without consulting their doctor first, and make sure that no bathwater gets into the ear when you bathe your child. You can gently rinse the child's head with your hands when bathing him so that no water flows into the ears.
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