So frustrated with ear infections

Kate CP - posted on 02/27/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My 3 year old daughter seems to be getting ear infections a lot. She just came off a second round of antibiotics yesterday and tonight she's running a fever again. I really, really, REALLY, don't want to put her on more antibiotics because they really don't seem to be helping. My husband is leery of tubes because it *is* surgery and it makes him nervous. At this point I would be more willing to have her off her feet for a day or two from having tubes put in than have to pump more chemicals into her little body.



The doctor said that we shouldn't think about tubes yet at the last visit-we'll be seeing him again tomorrow morning-but I'm starting to worry. I think I'm going to take her to an ENT come Monday. My mother says to go with more antibiotics but I just don't know. I just feel like something is really wrong...

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Nicole - posted on 03/01/2009

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Im not sure how you feel about pediatric chiropractors, but I can tell you for a FACT you will see results. I have worked for a chiropractor for 3 years now who specializes in peds, and you will be amazed at the difference.

To understand why chiropractic helps you need to understand a little about the body. There is a small bone at the top of you spinal column called your atlas. Your atlas can become subluxated(misaligned). When this happens that bones rest upon the childs estacious tubes, thus causing the tube to become blocked and causes the look alike effects of an ear infection. Alot of times people cannot understand why many rounds of antibiotics do not help with issue.

If you are worried about your child being "cracked" there are chiropractors who do not use this technique on children. You can look in your area for chiropractors who use a tool to adjust called an integrator.

the integrator is just a hand tool that is pressure released and can be adjusted. This tool can be placed right on the bone that is misaligned and one small click of this instrument and the bone is moved back into place.

I can tell you that my children have been seeing a chiropractor since they were born. My son started at age 6 months, and my daughter had her first adjustment at 3 days old. This technique is compeltely painless, and you will find that you kids will actually like going there.

Hope this helps

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I would definitely see the ENT and see what (s)he says about the ear infections, because (s)he is a specialist in that area, while a pediatrician is not.  This is not to say anything about your ped or any other ped-just to say that sometimes a specialist is best when there is a repeated problem in an area-that's why they exist.



I also know that tubes work wonders for some people, but I personally am leery of them.  I had them in my ears as a child, and although the right one worked its way out normally, the left one worked its way out late and left a hole in my eardrum.  That hole had to be patched with skin from behind my ear, building a new eardrum.  Later, the patch ruptured, and the eardrum had to be repatched.  As a child, I had to wear earplugs any time I was in the water (even in the bathtub to wash my hair) and a rubber swim cap when in the pool, and I was not allowed to dive or go past certain heights because of the effect the pressure could have on the patch-rupturing it and causing me to have to have another patch.  I haven't had problems with the patch as I've gotten older and it strengthened, but I have had a significant hearing loss in my left ear. 



However, I do not relate my experience with tubes simply to frighten you away or to say you should not get them for your child.  As I said, I know many people have had wonderful experiences with tubes.  I just think that it should be something that people go into aware that there are risks involved, as with any surgery.

Christian - posted on 02/09/2012

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To get rid of the ear infection the NATURAL way, I use a couple drops of lemon juice diluted in water, just a couple times a day for 2-3 days. The fever goes away the same day though, and my daughters appetite always came back. I hope this helps so that you don't have to keep giving antibiotics. I like natural cures, and i grew up in a natural cure type of family, i'm healthy and live healthy.

Krissy - posted on 02/27/2009

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Hi! My son turned 1 in January. He had ear infections (both ears) Every month since September :( We went to see an ENT and basically he said there was fluid behind the ear drum and antibiotics would not help that. I was sick of giving him antibiotics also...we had tried about every type there was...He did suggest tubes, but left the decision up to us. What bothered me so much was when he told us that if he was having ear infections every month, that meant 2-3 weeks out of the month he was not hearing well and it could delay speech. We decided to do the tubes last week. The procedure took about 15 minutes from the time the anesthesiologist took him to when the doc came to talk to us, then less then 10 more for him to wake up. They used a mask to put him out, not by IV. He was a little cranky for a couple days...but he also had a virus, so that could have contributed. But this week, he is walking better...all the day care teachers noticed that too...and he is so much happier! I think this is the 1st time in 6 months that his ears dont hurt! So.....its totally up to you....as of now, we feel we made the right decision. Hope our situation might help you in yours! Take care!

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Kate CP - posted on 02/28/2009

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We have an update on the ear infection issue!

Took the munchkin to the doctor today because she was still running a low-grade fever. The ear infection has cleared up on both sides but she has what he called "allergy shiners"-looks like some one punched her in the eyes. She apparently has really, really bad seasonal allergies and has been put on Zyrtec. Bad allergies can also cause a low-grade fever. We're going to give the antihistamines a chance to work and see if that clears this whole issue up. I'm going to look into chiropractic care simply because I'm very curious how that would work for ear infections. She hasn't shown any other signs of food allergies or lactose intolerance. We're hoping the Zyrtec does the trick. I would much rather her take an antihistamine once a day than be on antibiotics forever. Thank you ladies, for all your help and advice!

Guggie - posted on 02/28/2009

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Diary intolerance is the number one cause of fluid build up in ears.

"In one study an astonishing 86% of the children tested became free of ear problems once they came off dairy food."

Sharon - posted on 02/28/2009

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my son had chronic ear infections and i took him to an ENT they put tubes in his ears and he hasn't gotten an ear infection since.

Bobbi - posted on 02/28/2009

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Sometimes the best treatment for an ear infection is just time. Several courses of antibiotics can eventually cause your daughters body to become resistant to them and it sounds as though they have been unhelpful thusfar. Ear infections CAN be viral, not bacterial. My daughter actually had ongoing infection for about 6 months.... we tried antibiotics at first but they didn't clear it up so we decided to wait it out as long as she wasn't in excruciating pain. We gave her baby motrin now and then when she seemed in a lot of discomfort or feverish but other than that nothing. Some people get worried about the ear drum bursting but, as my doctor told us, this is just what they do when they put tubes in- they burst the eardrum and yes it is painful for about  2 seconds and then things start to resolve. Anyways, with time her infection cleared up then she just had fluid in her ear for about a month and eventually that went away too.

Anaheeta - posted on 02/27/2009

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I feel your pain! My daughter Amy, now 7 had numerous ear infections between the ages of 3-4. We didn't get the tubes put in simply because my husband was against it as well. It is hard on the child and on the parents but she will out grow it...hang in there. Oral antibiotics didn't work on her so she used to get a shot and that cleared up her ears in 2 days!

Victoria - posted on 02/27/2009

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just a lil tid bit....dont let her go to be with a sippy cup.  It tends to let the liquid sit in the tender area around the ears and sinuses...when my 3 year old would get them the only antibiotic that worked well is omnicef...its rather expensive if u dont have insurance but it is the only one that works for him without a reoccuance.

Kate CP - posted on 02/27/2009

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Quoting Guggie:



Have you tried to find out why she is getting the ear infections in the first place? Does she have any other symptoms or issues? Have you tried an elimination diet to see if it is allergies to a specific food? Are you supplementing with priobiotics after the antibiotics?





She gets minor allergies some times, but that's about it. She's not allergic to anything and she eats yogurt with live active cultures all the time. 



Part of the reason why I am so nervous about this is because I have an auto-immune disease called neutropenia and I have always been terrified of passing it on to her. 



Her temp tonight was only 99.5 but after having been on Augmentin for 10 days and then suddenly getting a fever again just makes me anxious. I am going to call an ENT on Monday, though. I at least want a specialist to look at her.

Lynn - posted on 02/27/2009

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My daughter was around 3 when she had the tubes put in and it was the best thing ever.

Then they fall out on there own when the time is right . I remember being nervous because it was the first time she was going to be put out but she was fine after it was all done. You have to remember as well to much of antibiotics is not good for them either. I hope this helps.

Guggie - posted on 02/27/2009

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Have you tried to find out why she is getting the ear infections in the first place? Does she have any other symptoms or issues? Have you tried an elimination diet to see if it is allergies to a specific food? Are you supplementing with priobiotics after the antibiotics?

Marie - posted on 02/27/2009

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If you feel that strongly and can go to the ENT it won;t hurt. I have had tubes put into two of my children. My oldest suffered terribly with hearing loss and the whole bit. So everyone thought I would automatically take my third when she started with the same problems. To me they were different and I decided to trust my doctors and let them tell me when it was time to go to the ENT. They told me quickly, so I think every child is different. Doctors do need to establish a listing of ear infections and how close together they are and how treatable they are all determine their referral process. They can tell you whether she is getting another ear infection or if the same infection is not clearing. Make sure you always go back for an ear check as well because it helps document the infection clearer. The surgery itself is not that bad. My first child was perfect after one more infection after the tubes went in. My second daughter with tubes had difficulties, but it was related to other illnesses. She was also just diagnosised with asthma and got pnemonia. But overall the tubes did their job. My first daughter is now allergic to sulfa antibiotics because her ENT had her on them frequently and her body now cannot take that medicine. My other daughter is allergic to ammoxicillin so I was twice as nervous to give her the only three medicines she can get because of her sister they will not prescribe the sulfa family. ENT's do ear tubes all the time if they tell you to wait a little longer as well then at least you know you are being heard. If you think something is wrong be strong and let them know.

Anne - posted on 02/27/2009

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My daughter has been plagued with ear infections since birth.  We've been through Amoxicillan which won't work for her anymore, we had tubes put in when she was 1 1/2, they worked wonders...less ear infections and when she did have them they were much less severe.  Now, she is 5 and is having more and more problems with ear infections again (don't know if it's hereditary but my dad and brother still get them all the time).  The pediatricians are now not "treating" ear infections...they want them to run their course.  Because of this, my daughter has blown two eardrums in two months.  I'm fed up!!!  We are going back to tubes, at least if she does get more ear infections she won't be losing her hearing because of them.  Technically it is a surgery but it takes less then 10 minutes and my daughter was fine within an hour....running around like nothing happened.  I would consult an ENT, they would have the most up to date information.  My preference is to keep the antibiotics working for my daughter for possibly more serious illnesses rather than burn them all out on ear infections.  Good luck to you.....

Anne - posted on 02/27/2009

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My daughter has been plagued with ear infections since birth.  We've been through Amoxicillan which won't work for her anymore, we had tubes put in when she was 1 1/2, they worked wonders...less ear infections and when she did have them they were much less severe.  Now, she is 5 and is having more and more problems with ear infections again (don't know if it's hereditary but my dad and brother still get them all the time).  The pediatricians are now not "treating" ear infections...they want them to run their course.  Because of this, my daughter has blown two eardrums in two months.  I'm fed up!!!  We are going back to tubes, at least if she does get more ear infections she won't be losing her hearing because of them.  Technically it is a surgery but it takes less then 10 minutes and my daughter was fine within an hour....running around like nothing happened.  I would consult an ENT, they would have the most up to date information.  My preference is to keep the antibiotics working for my daughter for possibly more serious illnesses rather than burn them all out on ear infections.  Good luck to you.....

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When my oldest was your daughter's age he got alot of ear infections too.  The dr. put him on antibiotics and steroids, it worked until the next ear infection.  After a couple of years of this we took him to see an ENT and he is now a healthier child.  His tonsils and adnoids needed to be removed and he did not need tubes in his ears.  I hope this info. helped.

Aimee - posted on 02/27/2009

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I have heard pediatric chiropractors have helped with chronic ear infections. Check out this site icpa4kids.org.

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