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    Is Your Child Sick? TM


    Ear Injury

    Is this your child's symptom?

    • Injuries to the outer ear, ear canal or eardrum

    Types of Ear Injuries

    • Cut or Scratch. Most cuts of the outer ear do not need sutures.
    • Bruise. Most bruises of the outer ear just leave a purple mark. They heal on their own.
    • Blood Clot (Serious). Most of the outer ear is made of cartilage. A large blood clot (hematoma) can cut off the blood supply to the cartilage. It needs to be drained. If not, the ear may become deformed (boxer's ear).
    • Ear Canal Bleeding. Most are due to a scratch of ear canal. This can be caused by cotton swab, fingernail, or ear exam. Most stop bleeding on their own. Persistent bleeding needs to be seen.
    • Punctured Eardrum. Most are due to long-pointed objects put in the ear canal. Examples are cotton swabs, pencils, sticks, straws, or wires.
    • Loss of Hearing (Serious). Caused by blunt trauma, such as a slap to the ear. Also, caused by explosions.

    When to Call for Ear Injury

    When to Call for Ear Injury

    Call Doctor or Seek Care Now

    • Skin is split open or gaping and may need stitches
    • Upper part of the ear is very swollen
    • Pointed object was put into the ear canal (such as a pencil, stick, or wire)
    • Clear fluid is draining from the ear canal
    • Walking is not steady
    • Severe pain and not better 2 hours after taking pain medicine
    • Age less than 1 year old
    • You think your child has a serious injury
    • You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent

    Call Doctor Within 24 Hours

    • Few drops of blood in the ear canal. Caused by a minor injury, cotton swab (Q-tip) or ear exam.
    • Injury causes an earache or crying lasts more than 30 minutes
    • Hearing is less on injured side
    • You think your child needs to be seen, but the problem is not urgent

    Call Doctor During Office Hours

    • Dirty cut and no tetanus shot in more than 5 years
    • Clean cut and no tetanus shot in more than 10 years
    • You have other questions or concerns

    Self Care at Home

    • Minor ear injury

    Call Doctor or Seek Care Now

    • Skin is split open or gaping and may need stitches
    • Upper part of the ear is very swollen
    • Pointed object was put into the ear canal (such as a pencil, stick, or wire)
    • Clear fluid is draining from the ear canal
    • Walking is not steady
    • Severe pain and not better 2 hours after taking pain medicine
    • Age less than 1 year old
    • You think your child has a serious injury
    • You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent

    Call Doctor Within 24 Hours

    • Few drops of blood in the ear canal. Caused by a minor injury, cotton swab (Q-tip) or ear exam.
    • Injury causes an earache or crying lasts more than 30 minutes
    • Hearing is less on injured side
    • You think your child needs to be seen, but the problem is not urgent

    Call Doctor During Office Hours

    • Dirty cut and no tetanus shot in more than 5 years
    • Clean cut and no tetanus shot in more than 10 years
    • You have other questions or concerns

    Self Care at Home

    • Minor ear injury

    Care Advice for Minor Ear Injuries

    1. Bleeding - How To Stop:
      • For any bleeding, put direct pressure on the wound.
      • Use a gauze pad or clean cloth.
      • Press for 10 minutes or until the bleeding has stopped.
    2. Clean the Wound:
      • Wash the wound with soap and water for 5 minutes.
    3. Antibiotic Ointment:
      • For cuts and scrapes, use an antibiotic ointment (such as Polysporin). No prescription is needed.
      • Put it on the cut 3 times a day.
      • Do this for 3 days.
      • Cover large scrapes with a bandage (such as Band-Aid). Change daily.
    4. Pain Medicine:
      • To help with the pain, give an acetaminophen product (such as Tylenol).
      • Another choice is an ibuprofen product (such as Advil).
      • Use as needed.
    5. What to Expect:
      • Minor ear wounds heal quickly.
      • Most often, cuts and scrapes heal in 2 or 3 days.
    6. Call Your Doctor If:
      • Pain gets severe
      • You think your child needs to be seen
      • Your child becomes worse

    And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the 'Call Your Doctor' symptoms.

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