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8 year old just jammed a q tip in his ear. c/o lots of pain,

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8 year old just jammed a q tip in his ear. c/o lots of pain, no bleeding. whay should we do?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Lisa, MSN, FNP-BC, CCRN replied 7 years ago.


Thank you for writing in today. This actually sounds like he may have caused an abrasion to his ear canal and/or possibly ruptured his eardrum. At this point, due to the trauma, I would recommend contacting his pediatric provider. He should at least have his ear assessed. If there is an abrasion, he may need antibiotics. Also, he may benefit from some drops to help with the pain. If there is a ruptured eardrum, this generally heals without intervention after a few weeks; however, there are some specific restrictions, particularly with regard to water, that will need to be followed if his eardrum did rupture. You can consider calling the pediatric provider's office and speaking with the provider on call. I hope this helps. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please let me know. Lisa

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thank you Lisa. Was what I assumed was the way to go, but wanted a more expert opinion. Appreciate it and hope you had a good holiday.
Expert:  Lisa, MSN, FNP-BC, CCRN replied 7 years ago.
Thank you. Even though he needs to be assessed, I doubt it's anything too serious. I hope he starts feeling better. Have a great holiday season! Lisa