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Child with ear pain after putting ear bud in the ear. Chances of eardrum rupture?

My 3 & 1/2 year old son, went to the bathroom to go potty, then the next thing I knew he was screaming in the bathroom. When I went in there he was holding his ear and crying. He said he hurt his ear. I asked him how, and then he showed me a q-tip he must have got from the bathroom drawer, and said, i was trying to clean my ears out like daddy. He calmed down after holding him for 5 minutes, but he said it was still hurting. could he have ruptured his eardrum? he is taking a nap right now. Its saturday, so our doctor is now open. Is it something that can wait until monday to take him in to our doctor, or should it have more immediate attention?
Asked On : Wed, 27 Mar 2013
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Hi thanks for your question.
If pain is associated with hearing loss,then chances are there that he has ruptured his ear drum.If there is no hearing loss then chances are that he has hurted his ear canal.Precautions before physician consultations are;Keep his ear absolutely dry.Don't put any medication into the ear and of course no further ear pricking .For pain paracetamol syrup can be given to him.
Hope this answers your question.
Answered: Wed, 27 Mar 2013
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