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Ear Polyps in Children


An ear polyp

is a growth on the inside of your child's ear canal. Ear polyps may be caused by chronic ear infections or a cholesteatoma. A cholesteatoma is a skin cyst inside of the ear.

Common signs and symptoms include the following:

Your child may have ear discharge. The discharge may be bloody or have pus. The polyp may block his ear canal and cause some hearing loss. Your child may also have ear pain.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your child's symptoms do not get better, or they get worse.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.


depends on the cause of your child's ear polyp. Your child may need any of the following:

  • NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If your child takes blood thinner medicine, always ask if NSAIDs are safe for him or her. Always read the medicine label and follow directions. Do not give these medicines to children under 6 months of age without direction from your child's healthcare provider.
  • Acetaminophen decreases pain and fever. It is available without a doctor's order. Ask how much to give your child and how often to give it. Follow directions. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if not taken correctly.
  • Antibiotics help treat a bacterial infection.
  • Steroids help decrease swelling and pain
  • Surgery to remove the polyp may be needed if medicines do not treat the polyp.

Follow up with your child's doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.

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