An Intermittent discharge is regarded as normal from the child’s ear especially in a young patient with an upper respiratory tract infection.

The grommet is doing its job releasing the excess fluid and converting a high risk, high pressure, unpredictable situation to a low risk, low pressure, and predictable one. Antibiotics are usually not necessary but drops and nose sprays may be prescribed.

The discharge usually clears once the nose clears. The discharge may be green in colour, which points towards an infection from swimming.

How Glue Ear Develops: