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Old 01-26-2012, 06:11 PM   #1
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if your children are vaccine free.....

can you tell me if they've ever had an ear infection?

my boys have never had a single vaccine, and have also never had an ear infection.

everyone we know IRL vaccinates, and they are always talking about getting antibiotics for ear infections, and often end up getting ear tubes. my boys are almost 2 & 5, and have been on antibiotics once in their lives, and it was not for an ear infection. people are surprised to hear this.

I've read that ear infections can be a side effect of some vaccines....but curious about the experience of other vaccine free kiddos?

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Old 01-26-2012, 06:12 PM   #2
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Vax free, no ear infections ever
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Old 01-26-2012, 06:34 PM   #3
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Almost 10 year old-all vax no ear infections

5 year old-no vax maybe 1 a year

18 month old-no vax we are currently fighting infection #4 since Christmas. Seeing a chiro tomorrow and an ENT on Monday.
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Old 01-26-2012, 06:35 PM   #4
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My two little girls are vax free. No antibiotics an never had an ear infection. My older son we vaxed on schedual an he is 13 an on his third set of tubes
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Re: if your children are vaccine free.....

I've heard ear infections are higher in children with soothers. (My baby has and loves her soother, but is only 10 weeks so no ear infections yet.)
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Old 01-26-2012, 06:37 PM   #6
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Re: if your children are vaccine free.....

I have also heard that breastfed children are less likely to get ear infections, so that may be a factor too
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My two unvaxxed have not had any. My eldest was fully vaxxed and had a ton.
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My DD only had the shots they gave her at the hospital and her 2 month shots because I really didn't know any better. She has not had any ear infections. She hasn't ever even had the sniffles. She uses a pacifier and we only did breast milk for 8 weeks because my milk dried up.

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Re: if your children are vaccine free.....

No vaxes and 1 ear infection that was bad and needed antibiotics. I also wonder if maybe people who don't vax also don't go to the doctor as often, so more minor ear infections aren't diagnosed? I know there have been times that my dd has had a cold and been cranky, and if I had taken her to a mainstream doc, she might well have had a slightly red inner ear and been prescribed a drug, but I just don't take her so I don't know.
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