What to look out for
Most discharges from your child’s ear are due to:
- 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