Injuries to the outer ear are usually bruises and scratches. If the ear is severely swollen, a blood clot is present which could permanently damage the shape of the ear if it is not treated by a healthcare provider.
Most bleeding from within the ear canal (the channel that carries sound down to the eardrum) is from a scratch on the lining caused by a fingernail, cotton swabs, or physician's otoscope. These scratches just bleed a few drops and then heal. Long, pointed objects (for example, a stick) carry the risk of puncturing the eardrum.
If your child has cuts or scrapes on the surface of the ear:
Don't use alcohol or Merthiolate on open wounds because they sting and damage normal tissue. Give acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) for pain.
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