Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
125 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction

Should I be alarmed with gooey ear discharge in infant?

Hi Doctor,My 2month old son had colds a few days back and now its totally gone. Since gooey discharges in the ear are commonly caused by colds (and other illnesses), i wanna know if i need to be alarmed with the gooey ear discharge i saw in his left ear? at first i saw some crusty substance (for 2days) in his ear just outside his ear canal and in the inner part of his ear flap or pinna, and late yesterday i started to see some liquid or more of a gooey substance in that same ear canal, it does look like a thick mucous and its yellowish in color, beneath it is a creamy liquid substance that smells. Could it be from the colds he catched few days back? or Could have water gone in his ears while i bathed him and caused it? i bathe him every day and call me crazy but im the kind of mum who always check on my baby and i definitely make sure he is clean all the time. this gooey substance in his ear comes out frequently, i couldnt leave his ear unattended in half an hour and its there again.Please help coz Im not sure if it does hurt him coz my baby is normally a bit fussy, i cant tell which is which that causes his fuzziness.Thank you!- dee
Wed, 4 May 2016
Report Abuse
Question is related to
Medical Topics
Dentist 's  Response
Hi..
Welcome to HEALTHCARE MAGIC..

I have gone through your query and can understand your concerns..

As per your complain leaking ear with gooey discharge are indications of ear infection and as he has a recent history of cold, many a times cold leads to progression of infection in ear as throat and ears are connected via Eustachian tubes..

I would suggest you to consult an Paediatrician or an ENT expert and get evaluated and a thorough clinical evaluation and investigations like otoscopy, can help in diagnosis..

He can be advised antibiotic and analgesic ear drops for reducing infection..
In case if still the discharge does not stop, at times manual drainage of ears along with placement of pressure equalization tubes can help..

Hope this information helps..

Thanks and regards.
Dr.Honey Nandwani Arora.
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on
 

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

HI there, I think I ruptured my ear drum? I have the feeling of water in my ear and sometimes it feels like the ear is draining. I did an exercise...

Recent questions on  Ear canal

doctor1 MD

I was diagnosed lat week wtih a fungal ear infection. I am on clotrimazole drops. The ear canal is much better but ENT doctor said there is fungus...

doctor1 MD

What does a mastoidectomy involve? What type of care is required before and after such a procedure?

doctor1 MD

I've had fluid - sometimes a clear, off-white, sometimes with blood - oozing out of my right ear. There is no accompanying ongoing pain, just an...

doctor1 MD

My son is 6days old... 1 In d night wat ever I do he won't wake, he will b in deep sleep....In that case how to feed every 2 hrs 2 How to know if...

doctor1 MD

Hi Doctor,My 2month old son had colds a few days back and now its totally gone. Since gooey discharges in the ear are commonly caused by colds (and...

doctor1 MD

I have off and on fuzzy ear canal feelings, feel like light cotton ball floating around. iam 51 yo, no hearing lose or ear discomfort, just...