Re: Earcheck monitor
I'd be hesitant to buy that.....only because I wonder how reliable they are??? For me those ear thermometers never give an accurate reading. I think with something that goes in the ear you have to position it just right and if you push too hard you may cause damage. Our ENT always says never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear.
Now I just bought a new thermometer that you swipe across the forehead and I was skeptical of that too but so far it is working great and actually more and more doctors are using the one I got.
For me I'd rather have a doctor diagnois an ear infection. For us I know my son always gets a fever of 101 and is just plan not feeling well....
Here is what Dr Sears says about ear infections:
EIGHT MAIN SYMPTOMS OF AN EAR INFECTION
Your child may have 2 or more of these symptoms:
Cold symptoms – keep in mind that ear infections are almost always preceded by a cold. Often a clear runny nose will turn yellow or green before an ear infection sets in.
Fussiness during the day or night
Complaining of ear pain or hearing loss
Night-waking more frequently
Unwillingness to lie flat
Fever – usually low grade (101º - 102º); may not have a fever.
Sudden increase in fussiness during a cold
Ear drainage – if you see blood or pus draining out of the ear, then it is probably an infection with a ruptured eardrum. DON'T WORRY! These almost always heal just fine, and once the eardrum ruptures the pain subsides.
YOUR CHILD IS UNLIKELY TO HAVE AN EAR INFECTION IF:
1. No cold symptoms – if your child has some of the above symptoms but does not have a cold, an ear infection is less likely, unless your child has had an ear infection in the past without a cold.
2. Pulling at the ears or batting the ears in infants less than 1 year of age. Infants less than one are unable to precisely localize their ear pain. This means that they cannot tell that the pain is coming from the ear or from structures near the ear. Infants can pull on or bat at their ears for two other common reasons:
Teething – Baby thinks the pain from sore gums is coming from the ears
Because they like playing with their ears – Infants are fascinated with these strange appendages that are sticking out of the side of their head. They love to explore them, play with them, and especially to stick their finger into that strange hole in the middle.
3. No complaints of ear pain in a child who is old enough to tell you, usually by age two or three.
HOW CAN I TELL IF IT'S AN EAR INFECTION OR JUST TEETHING?
Are you tired of taking your fussy baby into the doctor just to check her ears, only to be told its probably just teething? TO help you decide, with teething:
Pain usually starts at four months of age and will come and go until the two-year molars are in.
Tugging or digging at the ears with no cold symptoms or fever
Fussiness or night waking with no cold symptoms or fever
May have low fever less than 101
Teething does not cause a runny nose, only drool.
Janel, mamma to: Tyler (6/03) and Isabella (6/95),ttc #3