what do you do when antibiotics do not work for to get rid of ear infections?

Lisa - posted on 02/03/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My son caught a cold on Christmas..since then he has had an ear infection on both ears. He has had 3 rounds of antibiotics and they are still there - I do not think the antibiotics are working and dr said next step is injection. I am thinking I do not want to give him the injection seeing that nothing seems to help anyway? there is no fever..just some mild irritation..thoughts???

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Jodi - posted on 02/13/2010

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We struggled with constant ear infections with my oldest (he's now almost 3). We had been through round after round of antibiotics and the pediatrician finally (after his 13th ear infection in a year) referred us to an ear nose and throat specialist. They, of course, recommended tubes. I've heard wonderful things about tubes but I've also heard not so wonderful things. I decided to first explore my options. Both my 2 1/2 year old and now my 10 month old go to a chiropractor. Medical professionals will not give any credit to this but my older one has only had ONE EAR INFECTION since we started with the chiro a year ago and my youngest has only ever had one. I know it sounds odd but it worked for us. I got the idea from other mothers who were frustrated with ear infections and it worked for their children as well...the chiro "realigns" things and taught us how to be working the fluid out of ear canals and gave us a lot of preventative measures as well (keeping water out of ears, etc.).

Carol - posted on 02/13/2010

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My son has the same problem. Its becuase your son may produce to much earwax (thats what my sons doctor had said) he gave us ear drops and you use them for seven days and antibiotics to help fight it. the only bad thing was he over dosed my son so I took him some where else, the only thing he got right was the ear medicine.

Bev - posted on 02/16/2010

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This has been an interesting read. My son has had 5 ear infections in 7 months. Oral antibodics are no longer working so we just started the 3 shot series called Rocephin. Can not say I am 100% convienced that that is working either. We are suppose to see a ENT on the 24th about tubes. He was born 5 weeks early, and I am not sure if he being a preemie has anything to do with all of these ear infections.



I see some of you mentioned a Chiro. Never thought of that. He is not quite 11 months. Is that too young to see a Chiro? What does the Chiro do for ear infections?

Denise - posted on 02/13/2010

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We're in round 2 of a differnet antibiotic and we've been thinking it might not be bacterial! With so many colds, flus and everything else going around we've decided to give probiotics, numbing drops for irritation and change his position when and after drinking to all the fluid to drain down before laying down...we'll see if it works. GOOD LUCK.

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Carla - posted on 06/08/2012

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Yes please go to see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist.... This has happened to my son who is 1 year old.... Double ear infection, 3 lots of antibiotics and my Doctor also wanted to do injections. Instead I took him to a specialist who checked his ears, and told me that it was only fluid in the ears, prescribed Augmentin ES, and I have to go back next week. Have you had this antibiotic, it is stronger and better for stubborn hard to get rid of ear infections.

Lisa - posted on 02/18/2010

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Well Austin's ear infections are clear for now..Shortly after the ear drama he popped his first molar. I am thinking that was probably the problem the whole time!!

Bev, after this short stint with my first child ear infection, I think the antibiotics did nothing but cause my son to have a tummy ache and get MORE ear infections. I know this cause every time he was checked it was in one ear and not in another or worse in one and the next time it would be in the other. How do you get NEW infections while on antibiotics..that is the question? Doesn't seem right??

About a chiro...I have been taking Austin to a Chiro when he was 2 months old and I wish I would have taken him the week he was born. What I have learned is it is never to early to take a child to see a chiro. Austin had torticollis and chiropractics fixed it without physical therapy along with supporting other growing issues along the way!

Nicole - posted on 02/14/2010

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I had the same thing happen with my first! we did the oral and injectable antibiotics and nothing worked. We finally got a referral to the ENT and they schuduled surgery for tubes. Although putting plugs in her ears every time she gets into water is a pain, she hasn't had an ear infection since having the tubes placed! I know that he has to have fluid behind the ear drum for three months before they will do the tubes, but u should look into it! It worked great for us!

Annette - posted on 02/13/2010

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I am so happy to read this post. sorry i can't contribute to the wealth of knowledge. i'm just so happy to know other mothers are experiencing the same ear infection problems. my son has had 4 ear infections in a row since december. just got over one about 2 weeks ago and he is already feverish and pulling on his ears again. i dread going to the doctor now, cause i hate antibiotics. he always get rash and diarreah. i will try the chiropractor. hopefully my kaiser insurance covers it. thanks everyone for your posts!

Amanda - posted on 02/13/2010

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Ooh And one last thing, with some of the antibiotics your child is more at risk for yeast infections on their bottoms. [I saw someone mention this below]. There is a really good mix you can put together to help. Our pedi gave us the ingredient list and it was cleared by the next day! So definitely mention it to your pedi!

Amanda - posted on 02/13/2010

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We struggled with ear infections since 4 months. It became a lot worse through the winter. I was really concerned with all the antibiotics and so we went to see an ENT. [I will tell you I had the same issues as a baby and my parents never pressed the issue and I still have problems now as an adult].



Long story short - we had tubes put in on Feb 8th 2010. My daughter is 11 months, it was a short and easy procedure. We have to put drops in her ears for a few days but i have been able to notice a difference. She sleeps much better, she has actually said 2 more words already.



One thing to be cautious over is if your baby has constant fluid in their ears it could affect their hearing, it would be kind of like hearing everything under water... Again this is just what we did but its good to see what other parents are doing. Since we just did the tubes this week I can't speak much for them, it could be coincidence that she said her 2 new words as well, I am just as big as a skeptic as anyone. :)

Amanda - posted on 02/12/2010

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Wow, this sounds almost identical to what we have been through the last month. Braedon had ear infections in both ears for about a month now, along with an upper respiratory infection. Two rounds of antibiotics didn't help so we went back again, and now he has pneumonia. We are in the middle of the third round of stronger antibiotics, and he also got an antibiotic shot. His ears and upper respitory are FINALLY starting to get better, even though now he has a very painful looking yeast infection on his bottom. I have talked to two other moms around here and they are going through the same thing. Maybe it is the weather? I don't know, but if your little one gets a yeast infection from all of the antibiotics, besides the cream, try oatmeal baths. They seem to help. I feel your pain Lisa! Don't worry, these little one's are pretty tough.

Lisa - posted on 02/09/2010

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Thank you all..he sees a chiro and I she has helped and told me about hte olive oil garlic drop which I have been using. And as of Monday he is infection free...BUT there is still fluid in his ears - so I will check out the suggested site to try and get rid of the fluid. I hope the infections stay away for a while. thanks again!

Rachel - posted on 02/09/2010

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First, take him to a chiropractor. An adjustment will help tremendously. That's usually all I need to do for my kids when they get sick. Then put garlic oil directly in his ear. If you are breastfeeding breastmilk straight in the ear works wonders on an ear infection because it contains white blood cells.

Rosemary - posted on 02/09/2010

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I would definitely check out Mary Ann Blok (Block??)'s website... she is a doctor who went to med school and trained because her daughter had recurrent ear infections and just kept getting prescribed hundreds of antibiotics. She has some good positional stuff to try and to help drain the ears. She is not anti-antibiotics, but thinks they are over-prescribed. Good luck!

Alexandra - posted on 02/08/2010

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We use infrared light when my son has a cold. Infrared light is generally used in Hungary for cold, ear infections and especially for sinusitis. The child has to lie or sit front of the light twice a day for 10-10 minutes. The light must be directed where the problem is.

Lisa - posted on 02/08/2010

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my daughter has had 6 ear infections in less then a year. and i was told to do tubes. which i had them myself so i dont see the wrong in that! if your son keeps getting them or they dont go away i would go talk to an ears doctor. and see what they say about tubes. or what u should do. and for the ear drops i was told those dont do anything really those arent made for the fluids behind the ears! but i would go talk to a ear doctor for sure

Robyn - posted on 02/08/2010

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Could be viral hence antibiotics not working. Also the EMT I see has suggested removing all cow dairy and switching to goat milk and also tubes. I wasn't prepared to do that quite yet, but may have to go for the tubes if he doesn't outgrow the ear infections. I suggest seeing an EMT. Good luck, hope he feels better soon!

Lisa - posted on 02/06/2010

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I have this drops and they seem to help soothe things for a while...but his ears still seem to bother him after a while. Besides the drops I am not aware of any other remedies.? tx.

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