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Old 01-08-2008, 03:49 PM   #1
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Another Ear infection!

I just took the baby to the dr yesterday for running fever/runny nose and being so fussy and he has another ear infection! This is the 4th time now and the dr said one more time that he is going to refer him to a ENT for tubes in his ears! What am I doing wrong here? I remember my older son had a few ear infections too, but they never said anything to me back then about tubes in his ears.. I'm worried because I don't want him to have surgery!! Anyone have any experience with this and can share??

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Old 01-08-2008, 05:57 PM   #2
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Get the tubes. My son had his first set at 8 months (he'd had FIVE ear infections by then) and just got his second set at 21 months after a 2.5 month ear infection (5 antibiotics, plus antibiotic ear drops! EEEEEEK!)

We do the in-office version. NO going under/surgery, we're in and out of the office in 15 minutes. It's scary for them, they have to strap them to the papoose board, give them a couple numbing drops, then pop in the tubes, but literally, my son was out of my arms for 5 minutes. We gave him Motrin before both times and then we come home and take a nap and when he wakes up, it's like nothing ever happened. He's running around happy as can be and there are NO more ear infections until the tubes fall out.

My son had an infection from October 1st until the week before Christmas, when we finally got the second set of tubes in. It's been three weeks now and he's doing GREAT! Finally feeling better and no more antibiotics. I feel that the antibiotics are far worse than the tubes.

But I've never understood letting them suffer, if a simple set of tubes can keep my son from months of serious pain, Lord knows I'm doing it. BUT, as I said, we don't have him put under either. I wouldn't let him be put under unless I had no other choice. And our boys are the same age, so they should be able to do Andrew's without putting him under as well, just find an ENT that will do it that way.

I know how terrible it is to see your LO hurt.
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Old 01-08-2008, 05:58 PM   #3
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Re: Another Ear infection!

I dont have any first hand experiance, but my GFs son had an ear infection every time he got a new tooth. Is he teething? She was told that he too would need tubes. She really didnt want him to have them either. She never did have tubes put in and now that he has all of his teeth for a few years now he hasnt had an ear infection. I also have another friend thats kids would get ear infections all the time. It turns out that theirs was caused by a milk alergy or intolerance, Im not sure which one. You can try cutting out milk and see if it helps. There is also a vax that you can get for your kids that is suposed to help with ear infections, but I know a lot of mamas on here are against vaxing. I dont know if you are one of them. You dont have to do tubes if you dont want to. The damage can cause hearing problems though if you choose not to have the tubes put in. HTH
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Likely the vax you're talking about is Prevnar, and it's now being shown to cause super-bug (antibiotic resistant) ear infections. Might be part of the reason why my son gets them so badly (though his is definitely part genetics too).
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Old 01-08-2008, 08:19 PM   #5
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Re: Another Ear infection!

Have you tried Chiropractic? It does help, Tremedously, with ear infections.
Also, food issues, especially Dairy, has been known to cause ear infections.

Do a google search and you'll probably find lots of info.
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Prevnar is the the vax that is suppose to help with ear infections.
I decided to not get this vax for both of my kids. Many of my friends did get the vax for their children and they still got ear infections so I was torn.

My son has had 3 ear infections(he is 3.5 years old) that we know of and my baby has had 1. She did however get one when she cut her last tooth.
My ds also got his first two when cutting teeth as well, and the last one, I have no idea why he got it. He just finished antibiotics after Christmas.
He does however have enlarged adenoids and tonsils and is seeing a specialist to possibly have them removed. His ability to drain out mucus is compromised because of them beign enlarged which would cause ear infections.

I would hate to think that not having them vaxed causes them to get ear infections.
I never got the prevnar vax and I hardly every had ear infections as a child.
Being a parent is a hard job, so many decisions have to be made.

I will look into the Chiropractic care though, that seems intresting.
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Re: Another Ear infection!

I would say to first try cutting out dairy. Dairy allergies, even if not showing clearly elsewhere, often cause ear infections. I would try that first before doing anything else because it is the safest. If it doesn't work, then explore other options. Tubes won't necessarily fix it, either. I had 3 and a half sets of tubes as a kid. Now, it is true that most kids have one set and they're fine, but just be aware that it doesn't always work that way.
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Re: Another Ear infection!

I was just about to mention food allergies/sensitivities/intolerances. Take out the dairy (or out of your diet, and watch for cross contamination and "hidden dairy"). Give it 2 weeks at least.

Make sure you've got some probiotics handy too from all the antibiotics the little one has taken!

Good luck!
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Re: Another Ear infection!

Wanted to add we did chiropractic care and while I think it's awesome, and we all continue to go, it didn't help Jack's ears at all. Some children's inner ears are just shaped in a way where fluid cannot drain like it is suppose to. In those cases, ear infections aren't likely to stop until they grow a bit.

My son also is lactose intolerant, so VERY tiny bits of dairy for him. But I agree with the others, it's worth limiting your son's to make sure that's not the reason.

But really, tubes aren't bad. You'll most likely see your child do a turn around. Jack was getting whiny, clingy, and just never ever happy because he hurt all the time. Now he's back to being his happy, independant, funny little self! Find a good ENT in your area to talk to. Ours isn't one to jump to get tubes in if there is no reason, he weighs the risks and benefits and sees where to go from there.
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Don't be worried Mama. Last January I had 2 LOs that needed tubes. I was constantly taking them in because of ear infections. They got tubes 1 week apart. We were able to spend the rest of the winter in peace. Not running to the doctor all the time. If they do get an ear infection afterward it is easy to spot. (Ear drains) and I didn't have to take them to the doctor. I already had the medicine at home and it was gone. The surgery itself is only about a 10 minute surgery. One of my LOs that had the surgery had to get them again this past Nov. and her adnoids taken out. Your little one will be happier without their ears hurting all the time.
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