Hi. DS was up a large part of last night screaming. I was not sure what was wrong with him at the time (he is really too young to tell me), but I suspected that it might be an ear infection. He also seemed gassy, though, has a cough, and may be getting some more molars!! Everything at once.
Anyway, this morning, there was some discharge (sort of golden brownish) on the outside and inside of his left ear. Does this sound like the eardrum has ruptured? I did not see any blood. I am contemplating taking him to the doctor today but I am sure that they will prescribe an antibiotic. He is allergic to amoxicillin and perhaps all penicillins so I really do not want to go this route. BUT, if the eardrum has ruptured, is it essential to start the antibiotics to aid the healing process? I do not want him to suffer any long-term hearing damage, of course.
Anyway, how do you determine whether an eardrum has ruptured, and if so, what should you do? If there is discharge, does this always mean that the eardrum has ruptured? TIA!!!!!!! At this point, he is up playing, eating, and reading books. He has tugged on the ear with the discharge twice since waking. His cough and gassiness also seem better.
ETA: This morning his temperature was 100.7