Posted by David's mom
on September 29, 2000 at 15:37:17:
In Reply to: Autism/"Glue Ear posted by John on September 29, 2000 at 13:55:55:
: An English 24 month old boy, recently diagnosed with mild autism had gromits inserted into his ears to clear blockages (UK doctors call this "Glue Ear").
: The operation improved his hearing however now he has a discharge comming from his ears that smells terrible. Absolutely awful, really.
: Does anybody know what this is and how long it should last?
: Family Physician say not to worry. Next Consultant's appointment is not for 2 weeks
: Thanks for all and any relpies!
yr. old son had chronic ear infections and had tympanostomy tubes inserted to clear them up (prob. the same concept as your "gromits"). They allow fluid to drain from the ears to reduce the chance of infection. However, if there is an infection the drainage will be dark (prob. brown) and smell very bad. Our doctor gives us antiobiotic ear drops for this. I don't know what they us in the U.K.. You may want to check with your son's doctor. You prob. shouldn't let it go on too long (more than a day or so) as it might get worse. It's very interesting that your family phys. doesn't appear to want to treat it. If you have a ear, nose, and throat specialist (or whoever did the surgery) you may want to touch base with them. Good luck and take care..