My son has blood coming out of his ears. Has anyone else experienced this?

Teresa - posted on 07/17/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 12 year old son started to feel pain in his right ear on Sunday morning. It started out as just a complaint about it, but by the end of the day he was in so much pain he couldn't eat. The pain spread to his jaw and his throat on his right side and he developed a fever of 102. Yesterday morning he was laying on his side and his ear started to bleed. Yesterday morning I took him to see his pediatrician and he prescribed cefdinir (10.5 cc daily) and oflaxacin (4 drops in the ear 2 times a day). He said it was a ruptured ear drum and an infection and it sounds like it started as swimmers ear. This morning his fever has subsided but he's still in a lot of pain. Now there is blood coming from his other ear and he says his whole throat hurts, not just the one side. I've never experienced bleeding from the ear from an infection, let alone from both ears. How common is all of this? Does it sound like he ruptured both ear drums? Could it be something else? Is there anything else I can do to ease his pain? The advil isn't helping much.

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Louise - posted on 07/17/2012

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My daughter had a perferated ear after an ear infection and it is very painful. Make sure his pain relief is kept up to date by giving him paracetamol and ibruprophen regularly whether he wants it or not. Pain meds take time to get into the system so take them when due before the pain gets to bad.

As a result of frequent ear infections my daughter is now waiting for gromits to be fitted to her ears to drain fluid out of the ear. This will stop the perferation again and give her better hearing. If you are at all worried about your sons ears then go back to the doctors. Also when he is better ask for a hearing test so that you know he has full hearing in both ears. My daughter has lost the low tones in one ear, hence the gromits being fitted.

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Jodi - posted on 07/17/2012

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I would take him back to the doctor, it does sound like his other ear may have ruptured, and it is best to know this.

If I could suggest that you take him back, once the eardrums are given time to heal, and have the eardrum checked to ensure it HAS healed, and also have his hearing tests. My son had a number of perforations as a toddler, and the last one he had never healed, and we ended up having to have microsurgery to fix it when he was old enough. An ear drum that doesn't mend can be an infection risk and needs to be treated with care. Also, knowing how it may have affected his hearing can be important.

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