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Should I go to doctors tomorrow?

(17 Posts)
Osmiornica Sun 05-May-13 20:32:35

My 4 year old has earache - her ear is bright red and gunky pus oozing out. Do they do anything for earache these days or is it a case of just give them painkillers? I'm not sure whether I should take her to the out of hours doctor tomorrow.

Floralnomad Sun 05-May-13 20:33:59

If she has pus oozing out of her ear you should call the OOH doctor today .

VivaLeBeaver Sun 05-May-13 20:34:08

If its an infection they'll give antibiotics. If there's pus you should go.

beautifulgirls Sun 05-May-13 20:34:16

Yes take her. Ear infections should be taken seriously.

Moomoomee Sun 05-May-13 20:35:07

Umm earache is pretty painful. I would give calpol now and call doctors tomorrow even if just for a call back.

SizzleSazz Sun 05-May-13 20:35:16

I think you should call today - they will likely give antibiotics

CognitiveOverload Sun 05-May-13 20:35:41

Call the out of hours doctor

inneedofrain Sun 05-May-13 20:36:30


Please take her to the docs

Give he some pain med and call ooh

Sounds like a bad infection if pus is flowing

Naoko Sun 05-May-13 20:36:38

Yes, go today, it's miserably painful and it sounds infected. My GP considers earache an emergency (ie same day appointment, not 'call an ambulance') even in adults.

Springforward Sun 05-May-13 20:39:11

I would probably call OOH personally, DS has had recurrent ear infections and when there is a discharge they usually prescribe antibiotics in our practice. If the drum has ruptured she'll possibly be in less pain now but calpol would perhaps help.

Springforward Sun 05-May-13 20:42:06

Posted too soon - if tomorrow wasn't a bank holiday I perhaps would wait for my own gp practice to open in the morning, unless there was a lot of pain or a high temperature to go with it.

LEMisdisappointed Sun 05-May-13 20:45:16

should you go to the doctors tomorrow? Err, no, she has pus coming out of her ears, you go to OOH now!!! Seriously she must be in agony

Osmiornica Sun 05-May-13 20:51:26

Yikes, I thought you'd just say they wouldn't do anything.

I've given her painkillers and she's already gone to bed with instructions to come get us if she's in pain again. If she's able to sleep I don't want to wake her to take her to the docs as it's a bit of a hike and it's pretty late. I shall take her first thing in the morning though or in the night if she's feeling rough (actually my husband will have to do this as I have suspected tonsillitis - we're a healthy lot round here!)

Thanks smile

Osmiornica Sun 05-May-13 20:53:04

She's not in that much pain and I only noticed all this as I was doing her hair earlier. She's not mentioned it before then. She doesn't have a high temp either. If she was in agony I'd have been down there like a shot.

Springforward Sun 05-May-13 20:55:22

Also - taking her to the GP will start the process of deciding whether or not she would benefit from a referral to audiology/ ENT, even if she's not in pain now and even if it's decided to allow the infection to run its course (this happened with DS once when it turned out that he was growing something penicillin-resistant and the most suitable antibiotic was ototoxic).

Pet subject - DS has longish history of glue ear, currently in watchful waiting before final decision on surgery.

Osmiornica Sun 05-May-13 21:05:54

I've just rung the OOH docs so I'll see what they say when they ring back. At the very least we should get an appointment time tomorrow so won't have to queue for so long.

My eldest had/has glue ear as well and it's been one appointment after the other. She's not really had infections though just hearing loss which the grommets sorted out.

Naoko Sun 05-May-13 22:22:56

It's good that she's not in a lot of pain, the drum's probably ruptured then - I had that a whole bunch of times as a child and the relief as soon as the drum went was enormous. Will probably need antibiotics though, so get her checked out in the morning at least.

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