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If a young child is put on oral medication for an ear infection, is it normal for the ear to drain out stuff?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not rare

If there are tubes in place or if the ear drum ruptures then pus will drain out.
This is not rare and not necessarially an ominous sign.

In brief: Not rare

If there are tubes in place or if the ear drum ruptures then pus will drain out.
This is not rare and not necessarially an ominous sign.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Alan Levine
This can also be a sign of a small rupture of the eardrum, which will usually close off with treatment.
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes and No

It is not normal because it doesn't happen with every ear infection, but it is not unexpected.
It is most likely that the ear infection has created a hole in the ear drum (performation)... Like a popped zit (sorry for the visual). Most perforations related to ear infections will close within 3-4 days. There is no urgency in getting this looked at, but on next visit.. The pediatrician can take look.

In brief: Yes and No

It is not normal because it doesn't happen with every ear infection, but it is not unexpected.
It is most likely that the ear infection has created a hole in the ear drum (performation)... Like a popped zit (sorry for the visual). Most perforations related to ear infections will close within 3-4 days. There is no urgency in getting this looked at, but on next visit.. The pediatrician can take look.
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics

In brief: SUPPURATIVE O.M.

If draining ear is associated with vomiting , fever and stiff neck, consult your md .
It can be complicated with meningitis!

In brief: SUPPURATIVE O.M.

If draining ear is associated with vomiting , fever and stiff neck, consult your md .
It can be complicated with meningitis!
Dr. Nela Cordero
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