If you have any of the following
symptoms, evaluate those symptoms first.
Symptoms of an
ear infection: Go to the topic
Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 12 and Older or
Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger.
earwax buildup: Go to the topic
If your child has ear tubes in place or you think
that the eardrum is ruptured, call your doctor. Drainage can be the first sign
of an infection. Do not insert anything, such as water, eardrops, or cotton
swabs, into the ear unless your doctor tells you to.