• What to look out for

    Most discharges from your child’s ear are due to:

    • wax,
    • something your child has put in their ear,
    • a burst ear drum caused by an ear infection 
  • What can you do

    Your child needs to see a doctor to see what is causing the discharge, ideally within 24 hours.  Do not try to clear the discharge yourself or stick anything, for example a cotton wool bud, into the child’s ear as you may cause damage.  Try not to get the affected ear wet until you know the cause of the discharge.

  • When to seek help