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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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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
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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.
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