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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Why is my 4 year old daughter’s ear leaking so often?

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    Prof Paul Walker OAM

    Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon

    After graduating in medicine and surgery from the University of NSW in 1982, Conjoint Professor Paul Walker was awarded his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian … View Profile

    Leaking of pus from the ear is most commonly due to a burst (perforated or ruptured) ear drum. Typically, the child has recently had a cold, with earache which becomes steadily worse (often at night!), and then the ear discharge appears, the pain resolves, and the child goes back to sleep. Recurrent ruptures may occur because of passive smoking, nasal allergy or nasal infections, group childcare, anatomical causes such as a hidden cleft palate or small mid-face, or immune deficits. Your family doctor, or a specialist paediatric ENT surgeon, can assess your child for these factors.

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