Fluid In The Ear When The Flu And Cough In Infants Aged 8 Months?
Hello, I want to ask, my child is 7-8 months every cold and fever. My child’s ears are always oozing out like mucus, is that normal?
Wa alaikumsalam, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. Discharge from the ear, under any circumstances is not normal. This is because the ear is not designed to expel mucus like the nose.
In children, this can occur by starting with an infection in the upper respiratory system, either by bacteria or viruses. Then, because there is indeed a connecting path between the nasal cavity and the middle ear canal, the infection spreads to the middle ear, which then forms pus collection there, pressing on the eardrum, until it finally ruptures and the fluid comes out of the ear. So usually children who experience symptoms of discharge from the ear, the eardrum is not 100% intact.
But to ensure this, a direct examination by an ENT doctor is needed, because they have a special device of the right size to look into your child's ear canal and check the integrity of his eardrums. If it turns out it is still intact, further tests will be carried out to find out if there are other conditions that cause the discharge and what is the best treatment.
Meanwhile, there is no need to worry too much, because this condition is actually quite common and often does not interfere with child development. Just keep your child's ears clean by wiping the liquid that comes out, don't use cotton buds to clean the ears because it can push dirt to get in more and can make the tip left behind, keep away from sick people and cigarette smoke, meet their nutritional needs, and consult a doctor immediately. So, hopefully answering your question.