Earache, when should I worry?

Julie - posted on 06/28/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 4. She's had the usual earaches. But, I'm beginning to wonder if it could be something more. She is VERY sensitive to loud noises all the time. Flushing the toilet or closing the garage door sends her running out of the room. Is this a phase or do I need to take her to a specialist?

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Deanna - posted on 06/29/2009

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I would take her to the doctor to be sure. My oldest son had something called Sensory Integration Disorder which caused his senses to be overactive. He eventually outgrew it, but sounds could upset him (as well as certain textures). It never hurts to check her ears out and give you some piece of mind.

Melissa - posted on 06/28/2009

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I'm sorry. An ENT is an Ear, Nose, Throat specialist. They would be able to check to see if there is a problem. And even if there isn't they would be able to help you understand how to deal with a child who's ears are obviously sensitive to noise. Also you can talk to her pediatrician about sensory integration dysfunction. I just realized that it could have more to do with her senses. I actually believe that all people have sensory irritations, and hers might just be noise, but there are ways to deal with it.

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Jessica - posted on 06/28/2009

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I would talk to her pediatrician and maybe get her into an ENT. It's better to be safe than sorry

Julie - posted on 06/28/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

I would talk to her pediatrician. It is hard to tell because some kids are just sensitive to noises, and there is nothing wrong with them. However, there could be something else going on. I say it is never wrong to get it checked. I have a son with hearing aides, and before he got them he jumped at loud noises since he wasn't used to hearing things. I also have a daughter who recently got tubes in her ears. Up until she got them she was sensitive to noise because she constantly had ear infections, so noise hurt her. I do not think that getting her checked would mean you are jumping to conclusions or being over-protective. Even if nothing is wrong you need that peace of mind. Tell her pediatrician you think it is a problem and you want her seen by an ENT.



I really appreciate your response. I just need to ask what is an ENT?

Melissa - posted on 06/28/2009

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I would talk to her pediatrician. It is hard to tell because some kids are just sensitive to noises, and there is nothing wrong with them. However, there could be something else going on. I say it is never wrong to get it checked. I have a son with hearing aides, and before he got them he jumped at loud noises since he wasn't used to hearing things. I also have a daughter who recently got tubes in her ears. Up until she got them she was sensitive to noise because she constantly had ear infections, so noise hurt her. I do not think that getting her checked would mean you are jumping to conclusions or being over-protective. Even if nothing is wrong you need that peace of mind. Tell her pediatrician you think it is a problem and you want her seen by an ENT.

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