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Black ear wax abcde 10877 posts
6th Nov '11

Is this a sign of an ear infection?
My son on and off for the last couple of weeks has been saying his ears hurt.
we took him to the pedi the first day he said it. and she said his ears were fine. and again last week. and she said they were fine
Well tonight he kept saying they hurt so i looked inside them. to find that his ears were colored blue. apprently my husband left him alone with a marker. so i went to clean the blue off. and noticed there was a ball of ear wax in one ear. i used a bobby pin to pull it out so that it wouldnt get pushed deaper. but then when i looked inside with a flash light i noticed deep inside there is black and orange earwax that looks crusty.
I obviosuly wont mess around deep in his ear like that.
i called and the nurse hotline told me to put ear drops in his ear. so i did. and he went to bed. he came out of the room a bit ago and told me his ear has a booger in it. so i looked and sure enough in the other ear a huge ball of wax. i took that out and can still see the black crusty ear wax in both ears.

do i take him to a ear doctor or just his pedi? i mean i sure hope he didnt damage his ear with the marker but wonder if he put it in there because he felt something in his ears?

user banned California 36390 posts
6th Nov '11

It might be black because of the marker.

alaynajones Due December 15; 3 kids; Georgia 95 posts
6th Nov '11

Aww poor thing! I would take him for further testing somewhere else if his pediatrician really isn't doing anything about it but you know its still bothering him!

abcde 10877 posts
6th Nov '11
Quoting Mrs. Weasley:" It might be black because of the marker."


idk im not sure the marker could have gotten that far down. but idk.
the ear wax that came out was a hard burnt orange color. it didnt have any blue or black on either

sknymnie Stafford, VA, United States 15150 posts
6th Nov '11

Dark brown/black wax simply means it's been in the ear canal for a longer time.

Katie's Bees Virginia 15428 posts
6th Nov '11

It could be dried blood. I'd take him back to the dr, his ear drum may have ruptured.

abcde 10877 posts
6th Nov '11
Quoting sknymnie:" Dark brown/black wax simply means it's been in the ear canal for a longer time."


so would i need to take him to get his ears flushed or something? since he has been complaining so long? i dont think its all going to come out on its own?

MommaNoodle 2 kids; Pennsylvania 13115 posts
6th Nov '11

the ear drops should loosen the dried wax, and then it will run out of the ear. after you put the drops in, put a cotton ball in the ear. don't put bobby pins and stuff in there because that's dangerous!

sknymnie Stafford, VA, United States 15150 posts
6th Nov '11
Quoting To the Moon and Back:" so would i need to take him to get his ears flushed or something? since he has been complaining so long? i dont think its all going to come out on its own?"

It's probably best to take him to the doctors and have the ear flushed out with the water pick thing...they did that to my nephew one (he was right around 2 then) he was not very happy!

abcde 10877 posts
6th Nov '11
Quoting MommaNoodle:" the ear drops should loosen the dried wax, and then it will run out of the ear. after you put the drops ... [snip!] ... after you put the drops in, put a cotton ball in the ear. don't put bobby pins and stuff in there because that's dangerous!"


they were really close to the outside of the ear the only reason i used one.
i never stick anything in his ear. i just didnt want it to go back down into his ear again

abcde 10877 posts
6th Nov '11
Quoting sknymnie:" It's probably best to take him to the doctors and have the ear flushed out with the water pick thing...they did that to my nephew one (he was right around 2 then) he was not very happy!"


thanks I am going to make an appointment in the morning and have them look again. clearly something is wrong or he wouldnt be complaining about them for so long.