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An insect or an object in the ear usually does not damage the ear. But some objects in the ear can cause problems. For example, dry food can expand in the ear, and a battery can release chemicals. Objects that have been in the ear for longer than 24 hours are harder to remove and can cause pain, infection, or bleeding. If an object is pushed hard into the ear, it may damage the eardrum.
The doctor probably removed the object from your child's ear during the examination. Your child's ear may feel tender for a few days.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: February 26, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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