A is just under 4 years old and has a mixed hearing loss of yet to be determined cause. She has had a bit of dried blood in one of her ears since April. Initially the doctor said it was there because she had had a perforated eardrum, but why is it still there? The perforation was never confirmed by examining the drum, they always tell us they cannot see it on that side due to wax. Some tell us getting the wax out could do more harm than good, others say that if they see wax they are instructed to assume the eardrum is fine. Does is really take so long for these things to clear out of the ear? She does take baths where she gets warm water in her ears (6 weeks from the alleged perforation to allow it to heal up).
She is seen by so many people who look in her ears, the ENT didn’t see fit to mention it at all and nor did the ENT clinic nurse. Looking it up, all I can find is that you should see your doctor (been there done that!) and that it can be caused by a scratch, spot or foreign body in the ear, or some more serious things. But it doesn’t say how long we should expect it to last if it’s any of those things.
For all we know the cause is all those people constantly looking in her ears, so taking her for another look in her ears could be counterproductive! Perhaps they scratched her with an otoscope once, but it’s been more than 2 months it’s been there. Both ears are pretty waxy but one has a large wax plug almost entirely occluding her ear canal now, but all she’s ever had for that is oil drops. Nobody has ever gone poking in her ear to get the wax, which is another listed common cause of bleeding in the ear, and we never put anything in there, no Qtips or anything like that, just the oil drops.
Does anyone have any experience with this? Could the blood seriously still be from April? There has never been any fresh blood come out, just dried, and a rim of dried blood just visible inside the ear. Next ENT is not till late July.
I thought this seemed like the best home for this question, but this forum doesn’t get a whole lot of traffic. I tried this in a children’s deafness forum but no responses at all in weeks. Please help!