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Is it normal for a child with tubes in their ears to have excessive smell?

My grandson has tubes in his ears,and has had infection in them for quite some time. He has been on antibiotic ear drops the whole time,

but the smell seems to be getting worse. His doctor continues to put him on the drops,and told his parents to give it another week to see what happens.

I am concerned about the smell, and about him becoming immune to the antibiotics. Also the drainage is a brownish sticky color.

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by: Heather ;-)

Dear friend,

First off...I'm not a doctor. However, I can give you some of my initial thoughts, and you can decide what to do with them. ;-)

If it's only been a day or two since the tubes were put in, it might be a good thing - getting all that infection out that was stuck back there (poor baby! That must have have been really painful!)

If it's been more than 2 days and you're still smelling it and the discharge is still coming, I would consult a 2nd opinion from another doctor.

It can't hurt to have another doctor give him the once-over and make sure that a NEW infection hasn't set in.

Elena had tubes in her ears, but never had any of those symptoms. I did, however notice that she got a lot fewer ear aches after the tubes were placed.

Hope this can give you some good food for thought.

Heather ;-)

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