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    Default The dangers of cotton tips- seeking others who have experienced the same

    Hi all,

    Miss 5 managed to find a cotton tip about 6 weeks ago, popped it in her ear, had a fight with her sister and fell ear first onto the wooden armrest of the couch.

    Went to emergency, put on antibiotics but too much blood to see the eardrum

    2 days later went to gp who still struggled to see much beyond a lot of fresh blood. Told they often heal within a couple of weeks.

    4 days post injury took myself to ENT (she'd only had her tonsils out 2 weeks prior) as she was pooling blood. Could see the eardrum, inner ear seemed to be working though. Told to see gp but should resolve in 4-8 weeks. Told to go for hearing test within the next few weeks.

    2 weeks post injury back to gp, referral for hearing test but this Dr was not the best and he said he couldn't see the eardrum. No new info but said it must be healing

    4 weeks post injury, manage to snag an emergency appointment with the local paediatrician, he says it's clean, dry and looking good but come back in 2 weeks as it should have shown signs of healing within that timeframe.

    5 weeks 6 days post injury, hearing test shows minor hearing loss but eardrum is still ruptured, report being prepared for ENT. Suggests We won't know more until eardrum is healed

    6 weeks post injury, back to paediatrician who says it's still clean, dry and no signs of infection. BUT the perforation is still the same size. Referral back to ENT to assess whether she's going to require surgical intervention for it to heal. He said by this point he'd expect the size to have decreased, not remain the same.

    Will call ENT on Monday to book an appointment.

    Has anyone had similar happen? If so did it just take longer to heal or did you head down the surgical path?

    Trying to find out as much info as i can from others that have been in a similar situation so I'm not railroaded or blindsided when i get in to see the ENT. I'd hate to wait too long and the outcome be surgery anyway given she starts school in the new year. I'm aware that with surgical repairs hearing is likely to get worse for 2-3 months and comes with a whole new set of complications.

    TIA

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    Different scenario but ds1 ear drum burst 40 mins prior to landing from Sydney when flew back into Adelaide from Fiji. Went to gp next day a course of antibiotics plus a repeat. Referral for ent & Ds2 (Diff issues) that took 2 months for the appt (private). It was nearly all healed by that time. He said it can take 2/3 months for a an ear drum to repair itself. If it hadn’t healed by the time our next appt was a month after the first he was going to schedule him for grommets. It had healed so he didn’t need grommets. Ds2 had grommets end of that year but was for recurrent ear infections.

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    Thanks,

    This is considered a moderately large perforation, still about 1/2 of the eardrum not there 6 weeks post injury. Paediatrician thinks she might end up needing a tissue graft, said the ENT will be the one to decide but to prepare myself for that eventuality as it's a pretty big surgery

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    omg couldn’t read and run. feeling squeamish just reading this. thanks for sharing, i really hope she manages to avoid the surgery. will be keeping cotton tips under lock and key going forward.

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    This seems to make a few squeamish, amazing the damage one little cotton tip can do

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    Quote Originally Posted by noobie View Post
    Thanks,

    This is considered a moderately large perforation, still about 1/2 of the eardrum not there 6 weeks post injury. Paediatrician thinks she might end up needing a tissue graft, said the ENT will be the one to decide but to prepare myself for that eventuality as it's a pretty big surgery
    I think what ever the surgeon decides to do you will always be worried but hearing is a major thing for such a small child. My dd is looking at a 4th surgery again most likely before Xmas on her toe as she has rare benign tumour that has grown back. I’m actually making A appt to see a professor in melb that wants to review her case because it is so rare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noobie View Post
    Thanks,

    This is considered a moderately large perforation, still about 1/2 of the eardrum not there 6 weeks post injury. Paediatrician thinks she might end up needing a tissue graft, said the ENT will be the one to decide but to prepare myself for that eventuality as it's a pretty big surgery
    Oh no. What an awful thing to happen. Your poor DD.

    My 9 y/o DD has a very large perforation in her ear drum due to constant ear infections at the age of 2/3. Luckily for her, it hasn’t affected her hearing. The ENT wants to perform a Tympanoplasty surgery on her to repair the eardrum but it such a big surgery and my DD is just not ready for the surgery or the 12 months of healing. I honestly don’t see her being ready until she’s 12 or 13. The perforation is such a pain for her as she can’t get any water into her ear or she ends up with an ear infection. We have a pool, so to swim she wears a fitted ear plug, which I cover with a disc of blutack, then she has a swimming cap and a headband over the top to keep it firm. She can’t put her head under water just in case water gets in.

    Good luck. Please keep us updated as I’m interested to hear what your ENT suggests.


 

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