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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   my 3.5 year old son suddenly started bleeding from ear. brought to e.r. he ruptured eardrum from infection (which he did not complain about) what physical activities should he avoid besides swimming
Doctor :   hello
User :   hi
User :   he is in preschool and goes to gym class on fridays can be attend?
Doctor :   hold on please will give you all the details
Doctor :   when did it happened ?
User :   yesterday.
User :   he complained around 12 or so about his ear. brought him to the walk in clinic. got presc. and came home. within 20 min his ear was filled with blood. so i brought him to the hospital
Doctor :   A ruptured or perforated eardrum usually heals by itself within 2 months.
User :   okay he will be seeing a specialist but of course that could take a while so i wanted to know what to avoid during this time. swimming is a given but can he play normally?
Doctor :   make sure he does not by any chance put any foreign object
User :   also, he apparently has a high tollerance for pain (no complaints about the ear) but when the doctor saw him he said wow it's really infected.
Doctor :   i see
Doctor :   and has he started his antibiotics
User :   no, he has not because he won't take them. i am waiting for the compound pharmacy to call for suppository presc. to be ready. He is really awful taking medicine.
User :   can he participate in gym?
Doctor :   gym activities should be not strenuous
User :   okay thank you. i will ask them to keep him calm which is hard as he is 3 and a boy :)
Doctor :   as ear is also responsible for balance of the body
Doctor :   i know its tough for a boy but he should avoid jumping and fast running
User :   yes - understood. thank you very much.
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
User :   u too.
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