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Is it ok if my child has cold after adenoids surgery and fluid in his ears ?

Hello, My son is 3 yrs and a half and he was operated on the 6th of April of adenoids and also received drains in both ears. Two days ago he catched a cold and at the ER the doctor told us yesterday that he has fluid in both ears. Is this normal or should we go to an ORL visit to check? He seams to feel ok - only that his breathing is difficult now because of the cold - the child has a running nose. Thank you so much!
Fri, 20 Jan 2012
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The cold would have caused obstruction to the ear draining tubes which can cause fluid accumulation in the ear. But since drains are present it is less likely. If he develops ear pain, vomiting he may be taken to the ER. As of now he may do steam inhalation carefully to relieve him of the blockage or he may take nasal decongestants as advised by his Doctor.
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