On Saturday I noticed that Charlie’s ear looked like it had something crusty in it. Sadly, this isn’t terribly unusual. I never fail to be amazed at the places that child can get food. Eggs in particular turn up in his ears, hair, eyebrows, etc. on a regular basis. So, I put some water on my finger, and just wiped his ear quickly to clean it up.
A few hours later my husband tells me, “there’s water coming out of Charlie’s ear!” Well, I assumed that it was water from when I had cleaned his ear earlier, so I told him not to worry about it.
Monday, his ear is again looking crusty. I take a closer look and see that there is, in fact, fluid leaking out of his ear. After some major panicking (do NOT Google ear fluid. I’m a veteran Googler and it was still a pretty unsettling search), I called the pediatrician’s office and she called in some antibiotic ear drops.
Poor kid probably had an ear infection for three days before I realized it.
Sometime I feel like a pretty good mom–this was not one of those days.