The Draining Ear

Should I panic if I see drainage from the ear?

Many parents see earwax or other material that comes out of the ear and confuse it with something more significant.

What if blood or pus comes out of the ear?

Unless there is a condition like a skull fracture in which one would have some concern about the integrity of the ear, blood is usually present when an ear infection ruptures the eardrum. At other times, there will be blood mixed with pus, should an infection occur when a child has a hole in the eardrum or a tube in the eardrum. Usually these conditions can be treated with antibiotics either in drop form or in oral antibiotic form.