My son gets strep throat, ear infections and phnemonia all the time. He gets them so much that the doctors are suggesting either three months of constant anibiotics or tubes. Can anyone give me some advice i dont know which options to choose. His pediatrician is against tubes and for anitbiotics but the antibitics that he will get is amox which does not work for him anymore supposably and my uncle who is a pediatrician is for tubes. Help!! any suggestions?

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Janna - posted on 03/09/2009

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I went with the tubes, my son had the exact same problem last year, we had 7 ear infections in just 4 months and pnuemonia twice, I didnt want to put him on all the antibiotics because if he ever needed them down the road, they may not work because your body builds up and immunity to them. And dont forget about C Dif, I think thats how its written, antibiotics can give them very serious diarhea, (its bad, trust me) and it can hospitalize them. The tubes were great!! its been over a year and we havent had 1 ear problem or pnuemonia, the procedure is done and over in less than 20min. Use your own judgement though, its just what was the very best thing we ever did for our son. Good Luck

Janna - posted on 03/09/2009

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I went with the tubes, my son had the exact same problem last year, we had 7 ear infections in just 4 months and pnuemonia twice, I didnt want to put him on all the antibiotics because if he ever needed them down the road, they may not work because your body builds up and immunity to them. And dont forget about C Dif, I think thats how its written, antibiotics can give them very serious diarhea, (its bad, trust me) and it can hospitalize them. The tubes were great!! its been over a year and we havent had 1 ear problem or pnuemonia, the procedure is done and over in less than 20min. Use your own judgement though, its just what was the very best thing we ever did for our son. Good Luck

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My grandson had the same problem, and it was affecting his hearing drastically! He had the tubes put in (very common surgery) and has improved tremendously! He was 2 yrs. old when they did this, and he just turned 4. The tubes, today, aren't as senstitive as years past, so they can get wet, etc. He hasn't had an ear infection since, and his health is much better. The tubes eventually work themselves out on their own. His speech has improved also, and the medical staff wish they'd performed this procedure sooner. Evenually, his speech will catch up to his peers. By doing this procedure, there will less of a chance that he will become immune to the antibiotics, thereby, if a need arises, he should respond immediately to the meds. Best wishes for your decision!

Gina - posted on 03/09/2009

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i say tubes my daughter had them and i also had her fitted for ear plugs for when she went into water. antibiotics break down the immune system

Monique - posted on 03/09/2009

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My daughter is now 9 had her first set of tubes at 15 months.  They fell out when she was 3.  She had them again when she was six. They also took out her adenoids at the same time and she has not had  an ear infection since.  the doctor said that the adenoids are like sponges for bacteria and the antibiotic clears up the infection but the bacteria that caused it is still present in the adenoids.  My besty suggestion, let them twake the adenoids out(same day procedure)Should clear up the ear inferctions and strep.. Take him to see a pediatric ENT

Heather - posted on 03/09/2009

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I I would agree to go with the tubes. My oldest sons, who just turned 9 years old on March 4th, had constant ear infections from 2 months old till he was 2 yars old. He went through almost every antibiotic there was and eventually had to get shots every two days that gave his extreme diaper rash. We finally got in to see an E.N.T doc and he got his first set of tubes by 9 months and they worked draining the infection, but he still constantly got ear infections. The E.N.T. wouldn't take his adenoids out till he was 2 years old. Finally when he was 2 they removed his adenoids and gave him a second set of tubes and for the first time he didn't get any ear infections. To this day he hasn't had one since. It was a miracle for him. I hope everything works out for you!

Abra - posted on 03/09/2009

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Hi, I have twins and have been though all of that fun stuff.  Here are some really useful things that i did not think of and I hope that it helps...



1. Check out your home environment- is there mold or mildew in the house (big cause for concern) If you aren;t sure, you can get your house tested.  We put filters on our air blowers and ducts and this helped so much!



2. wipe the kids room with white vinigar-it will smell a tiny bit for a day, but just wipe down areas 2 feet and below (where the kids play/crawl) and all the toys.  It is less harsh than bleach and also disinfects everything!   It is a great cleaning tool and super cheap-buy in 5 gallon container-pour in bucket and wipe!



3.Take you kid to DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware-it is worth the trip and they have the best doctors in the world!  Any really good hospital specializing in pediatrics can help-DO NOT GO BACK TO THE SAME DOCTORSAS THEY TREAT THE SYMPTOMS NOT THE CAUSE.



4. Take your kid to an allergist-a lot of the ear things start off as allergies!  Good luck

Maureen - posted on 03/09/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

My son gets strep throat, ear infections and phnemonia all the time. He gets them so much that the doctors are suggesting either three months of constant anibiotics or tubes. Can anyone give me some advice i dont know which options to choose. His pediatrician is against tubes and for anitbiotics but the antibitics that he will get is amox which does not work for him anymore supposably and my uncle who is a pediatrician is for tubes. Help!! any suggestions?




My suggestion is to goto a E.N.T.  check out the possibities of have tubes, tonsils and adniods removed.  My daughter was always getting ear infections and very bad colds every month alway on anitibiotics.  It was terrible.  So I went to see three different ent's and waited until she was 5 years old.  Because everyone says at 5 they change.  But nothing happen any differently.  She kept getting sick........finally I went to a new ent and he said she would be a good canidate for the removal of tonsils and adnoids.  Now is 8 1/2 and maybe she has been sick 3 times since.



 



Hope everything works out!!Good Luck!

Linda - posted on 03/09/2009

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My step son had a bunch of ear infections as a small child and had an adenoidectemy.  No tubes tho.  I can't help much with that aspect.  Depending on how old your child is, I would recommend getting a sinus rinse kit.  (If he's around 3 yrs old or so.  It's not recommended for younger than that.)  It's basically a squeeze bottle to squirt a cup of warm salt water up your nose to avoid sinus infections (which can lead to ear infections and strep etc.)  I started using one for myself last November and I haven't gotten my usual "winter time sniffle" this year at all.  Definitely check out an ENT tho.  Good luck!

Karen - posted on 03/09/2009

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I would for sure do the tubes. My son got tubes when he was 9 months old. He has not had an ear infection since. Last well check he still has one tube in...(the other fell out a year or so ago) his pediatrician seems ok with it...but again I haven't regret it one bit. TUBES!!!!!!

Danielle - posted on 03/09/2009

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I would go with the tubes. I have three girls two of which would always get ear infections, put tubes in their ears and the infections stopped. Also, by keeping your child on antibiotics from a prolonged period of time you are increasing their chances of getting MRSA. I would also go to an E.N.T. and get a second opinion. While there ask about having your sons tonsils removed.

Hope this helps.

Marni - posted on 03/09/2009

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Get those tonsils and adnoids out!  My oldest daughter (now 11) had the same issue - we were at the doctors several times a month with the same thing over and over.  An allergy to penicillin makes is much worse to treat.  We were finally referred to an ENT and he said the best way to get rid of the recurrent infections is to remove the source of the infection - the tonsils and adnoids.  We had them removed and she hasn't had a major bout of strep or ear infection since - and that was 3 years ago!  When they removed her adnoids, he said it was so infected he couldn't believe it, it took her longer to recover from the surgery because of it, but all is well now.  I also had my younger daughters (age 8) removed when she was 6 years old, and same situation with her.  Her recovery was much easier though - ENT told me it was because she was younger.  The older they get, the more difficult it is for them to recover from.  Good luck!

Cathy - posted on 03/09/2009

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Hi Sarah. I'm curious why your ped is against tubes. I would take your child to an ENT and see what they think. Most of my friends had tubes put in their childrens ears for chronic infections and they all agree that it made a world of difference. If my daughter would have gotten one more ear infection I was going to insist on them. If you do make an appt with an ENT make sure it is one that is good with kids. Hope that helps. Good luck and get sleep when you can!!

Summer - posted on 03/09/2009

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Niether! Please consider consulting a naturopath (a doctor who specializes in homeopathic remedies and traditional medicines). My daughter had a similar story and we used homepathic remedies including PRObiotics, Pneumodoran #1 and #2, Levisticum as well as some others. Today, at 21 months, she is healthy and vibrant as can be! And we DID NOT use antibiotics that would destroy all the good flora in her body that builds the natural immune system.

Lita - posted on 03/09/2009

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I think that if your son is getting immune to the medicine your only option to help get him better is to do the tubes.  Either option is going to be hard but the end result should be a good one.  I think I would go with the tubes because you don't want to have to give your child a medicine that they are immune to for a month and then in the end having to do the tubes anyways.

Tara - posted on 03/09/2009

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I highly recommend tubes!!! I had ear troubles my hole child hood and had tubes numerous times. Before I got the tubes I had several severe ear infections, due to that I do have a small lose of hearing in one ear. My daughter also had ear infections constantly and we finally got tubes for her. The pediatrician did not recommend them though but from my experience as a child, ear infections are terribly pain ful. After she had the tubes put in never another ear infection!!! well worth the half hour of surgery!!!

Lisa - posted on 03/09/2009

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My Chiropractor adjusts babies from day birth on up.....  My second child was only 1 week old.   He put her  neck in place since the birthing experience mis aligns the spine/neck.  This can lead  to a lower immune system function.  My 7 year old has had 1 ear infection and my 10 year old has had 2 ear infections.  Highly recommend having your baby  seen by a good Chiropractor. 



Look for an Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractor.   My kids love going now.  They let me know when their necks are out and when they begin to get sick I usually know they are out of alignment.    Avoid surgery first...Go natural to begin with.

Christina - posted on 03/09/2009

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My daughter had all those same problems and then she got the tubes and she has not had an ear infection since them and she is 7 now. She does have athsma and allergies as well but the ear infections and pnemonia never came back around. I would try the tubes. The proceedure is very quik and hers fell out after like 3 years. :) Good luck :)

Gesiele - posted on 03/09/2009

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I know this is a really late response but here goes. I've known three kids that have gotten tubes in their ears for chronic ear infections and all of them did very well with them. My niece kept ear infections so bad that her equilibrium was off and she couldn't even hold her balance to learn to walk. Almost immediately after getting the tubes and the infection clearing up she was standing and walking. I would suggest trying the tubes first to reduce the immunity to antibiotics.

Alison - posted on 03/09/2009

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Wow, im from new zealand, what is the cause of your sons ailments? thats an awful lot for one so young, could it be environmental? or has he got some other condition that makes him susceptable to these illnesses?

Alison - posted on 03/09/2009

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Wow, im from new zealand, what is the cause of your sons ailments? thats an awful lot for one so young, could it be environmental? or has he got some other condition that makes him susceptable to these illnesses?

Alison - posted on 03/09/2009

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Wow, im from new zealand, what is the cause of your sons ailments? thats an awful lot for one so young, could it be environmental? or has he got some other condition that makes him susceptable to these illnesses?

Holley - posted on 03/09/2009

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My son had the same thing and they took out his tonsils and adnoids and he has not ever had it again.

Leah - posted on 03/09/2009

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Quoting Robin:

Often food allergies can be the culprit, especially wheat, what happens is that the small intestine can't digest it and develops scar tissue, the lack of nutrients that are absorbed lower the immune system and their little bodies use their other lymphs to clean out the toxic waste, like tonsils, which then swell and then the ears don't drain, then he is breathing fluid and get a pheumonia. If you stop the food he is allergic to I'd be willing to bet that he would not need either tubes or antibiotic. Medical doctors will refer you if you ask. Or you can just start by eliminating the most common foods one at a time, to find the culprit. Wheat, corn, eggs milk are the most common. In the mean time try a digestive enzyme and plain yogurt, my favorite is Mountain High, original style, not fat free.


My son had the same issues, ear infections (we did get tubes for this), strep, bronchitus, phnemonia, RSV, you name it he had it. Then when his acid reflux got so bad that they wanted to do more surgery...his ENT and Gastroenterologist got together and decided to test him for food allergies...he is allergic to egg. As soon as we took him off egg...it was over. The ear infections stopped, the asthma subsided...he hasn't even really been sick all that much...colds aren't as frequent or even as severe...he has had pneumonia once (this year) and only because everyone (EVERYONE) had it. He has been relatively healthy now for almost 3 years...and all thanks to our allergist.



Tubes aren't the worst thing...they helped my son...and they are pretty common in young kids anymore. Ty had his in for almost 4 years. I would not be at all for lengthy antiobiotic usage...there are nasty side effects to that kind of prolonged use of antibiotics (or so I've heard). I would DEFINITELY speak with an ENT before you took the advice of a pediatrician...when it comes to these things...they are the experts. You might mention food allergies though...there is a allergic reaction that isn't AS common as other reactions (it is what my son has) and it is called Eosinophilic Esophagitus. It presents itself like acid reflux in my son, effecting his ears, his eyes, his lungs...everything. It is worth looking into.



Good luck...I know it isn't any fun at all! *BIG HUGS* to your little one...and to you! ;-)

Tamar - posted on 03/09/2009

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Unfortunately I don't have time to go through and read all the other suggestions so this one may be in there somewhere already, buuuut. I'm actually dealing with the same problem right now too. Although most people who have either had tubes or their children have had them, swear by them, I'm still very leery of them. It's still surgery. My daughter is one, not the option I want to go with if at all possible. However, the idea of having her on an antibiotic for SO long isn't that appealing either. I have had people suggest taking her to the Chiropractor lately. She's got a check up with her doctor on Wednesday to check her ears and if they're not better then we've got an appointment with a chiropractor on Saturday. Apparently when their little necks are out of alignment it pinches their Eustachian tubes causing the fluid to build up and causing the infection. So it stands to reason that if that "pinched" spot is "un-pinched" then the problem would be resolved and there would be no need for tubes or medicine. I figure it's worth a try, even if it doesn't work.

Peggy - posted on 03/09/2009

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Tubes are a godsend. Two of my boys have tubes and rarely get sick anymore. My oldest was a preemie and couldn't get past the 20 lb. mark because every time he gained a pound he got sick and would lose weight again. He got tubes right before he turned 3 and finally got over the 20 lb mark. My youngest has speech problems because of all the ear infections he got when he was little. It is a quick surgery and quick recovery time. They are beneficial and you don't want your little one to become immune to the antibiotics.

Jennifer - posted on 03/09/2009

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I would say take change doctors to  your uncle and get the tubes. Also get an ENT consult before you do anything( this sounds like it involves his tonsils and questionably his adenoids too). Doctors vary on how they feel about how they treat ear infections.  Your uncle will tell you it depends on the number of infections, how severe they are and what it takes to get rid of them. They will also talk to you about a study done on children in Europe that says that most ear infections resolve themselves in the same amount of time treated or untreated with abx.  Basically that most are viral and you are wasting your money on abx anyway.  They treat they systematically.  If they have pain, use eardrum numbing ear drops and Tylenol if under 6 months and Ibuprofen if over for pain too.  Ask the pediatrician about hearing loss and kids with multiple ear infections.  Our first child suffered though 6 months of ear infections and was mumbling before we had his tubes in.  Months of ear infections, shots of Rocephin etc.  Had tubes, first word out of his mouth clear as day was turtle.  They cannot hear when their ears are filled with fluid and their is damage to the cilia the longer they have an inflammatory process going on in their ears.

Jennifer - posted on 03/09/2009

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I would say take change doctors to  your uncle and get the tubes. Also get an ENT consult before you do anything( this sounds like it involves his tonsils and questionably his adenoids too). Doctors vary on how they feel about how they treat ear infections.  Your uncle will tell you it depends on the number of infections, how severe they are and what it takes to get rid of them. They will also talk to you about a study done on children in Europe that says that most ear infections resolve themselves in the same amount of time treated or untreated with abx.  Basically that most are viral and you are wasting your money on abx anyway.  They treat they systematically.  If they have pain, use eardrum numbing ear drops and Tylenol if under 6 months and Ibuprofen if over for pain too.  Ask the pediatrician about hearing loss and kids with multiple ear infections.  Our first child suffered though 6 months of ear infections and was mumbling before we had his tubes in.  Months of ear infections, shots of Rocephin etc.  Had tubes, first word out of his mouth clear as day was turtle.  They cannot hear when their ears are filled with fluid and their is damage to the cilia the longer they have an inflammatory process going on in their ears.

Alma - posted on 03/09/2009

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When my 17 yr old was 1-2 years old he too had chronic ear infections and nose ran constantly....I took him off of dairy. I won't say no cheese, ice cream stuff that contains milk products but drinking it in a bottle or cup all together. He is 17 now and so for 15 years we have drank Rice Dream or Soy milk. The little ones love the Vanilla flavored rice dream the most. The soy product is a bit gritty but all and all ear infections gone! Any threats of surgery GONE! I'm not a doctor but I can read so I did some research and found that dairy is just too mucus forming and causes a build up in the ears. I just recently heard from the infamous Dr. Oz that cows are pumped up with so much steroids that their life span is shortened from 8-9 yrs to 2-3. The steroids causes lost of side effects BUT when they are done they dont just take them out to pasture they sell them for the meat. That means we than eat all of the steroids and wonder why are kids are having behavior problems, hormonal changes earlier and we're just more sickly as human beings. Good luck.

Holly - posted on 03/09/2009

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Take him to a chiropractor. My son has been getting treatment's since he was born and he has never been sick, and he will be a year old next month.

Tina - posted on 03/09/2009

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HI I have two children that have had tubes in their ears and I believe that they work amazingly well. It is a safe surgery and is easy on the kids. My sons have both had them twice but they do not get any of that anymore.

Lisa - posted on 03/09/2009

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you need to see a specialist. I have been a pediatric RN for many, many years. Before you do ANYTHING get a second or third opinion. I don't know where you live but find an ENT at your nearest children's hospital and make an appointment. Tubes may be fine but they won't help pneumonia

Robin - posted on 03/09/2009

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My son used to get sick with ear infections all the time.. We finally got tubes and he never got ear infections again.. Scary but the Best Thing we ever did for our child...Get them done..

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If you do antibiotics make sure you give him plenty of probiotics to put back the good bacteria. Maybe go to a health food store to see if you can get some supplements to build up his immune system????

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I had a friend whos little boy used to get lots of ear infections also. His pediatrian suggested tubes, but one of her coworkes suggested going to a chiropracter. She found one that does kids, and they just straightened his neck disks up and everything just drained out. He hasn't had to have tubes and this was 3 years ago. Whenever he got sick, she just took him there and they would just realign everything, and away it went.

Victoria - posted on 03/08/2009

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Using ear cones (ear candles) twice a month kept my son away from tubes.  And now he has grown out of it.  Most health food or Vitamin stores carry them.  Good luck.

Stacy - posted on 03/08/2009

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I would recommend the tubes. My oldest son was sick with the same (strep, ear infections, and bronchitis) 14 times by the time he was 16 months old. It was never-ending. They would put him on an antibiotic, he'd be better for a week, and then get sick again. He got tubes at 17 months, and hasn't been sick since. He did actually develop some speech problems from all of the ear infections. The Doc said that due to all the ear infections he wasn't hearing words correctly...and therefore didn't learn to say them correctly. He was in speech from the time he was 3 years old until just recently. He's now 8. I think it was the best decision, and my only regret is not being more of an advocate for him and requesting that it be done sooner. With my second son, the doc and I knew better, and he had tubes after only 4 ear infections. Good luck!

Shelly - posted on 03/08/2009

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allergies! do you have pets in the house-- had the same thing tubes and adnoids removed for my daughter she has been well since

Lorene - posted on 03/08/2009

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I would do neither. Anitbiotics break down your system when you are on the to much. Tubes scare me.  My suggetion is to clean everything in the house with something that is easy to use like pine-sol or a disinfectant(but make sure he is not around, the smell could make him worse). Let the house air out. New tooth brush. ( i am sure you have went this road.)  My twins had RSV when they were little and i still battle all of this to the day. They are getting better but the best thing is using a nebulizer with abuteral. And a natural way to help with germs is Eucalyptus oil(www.nowfoods.com)( boil water and put some drops in the water to vaporize. Only use pure oil and small amounts at a time.) The whole house will smell like it but it works. (I was a real sceptic on using it.)  Take your son to a have frequent foot messages. ( or you can do it. just read up on the what areas of the foot effect what part of the body, there is a spot for ears and throat) Your foot holds the key to your whole body. It really does work. 

Jennifer - posted on 03/08/2009

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Your story sounds just like our son for the first two years he got everything under the sun (croup, ear infections, throat infections) He got tubes last fall and that has cut down on 50% of his illnesses. We also found that we had to really make sure he was getting a lot of sleep and that has helped to cut down on his over all number of sicknesses. At least with tubes you never have to go to the Doctor again for infections and that's 1/2 the battle.

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I would get referrals to a local children's hospital to have a full range of tests so you know exactly what you are dealing with. It sounds like a lot of different issues might be to blame. My son had lots of similar issues...we eventually got answers and results after seeing an ENT, pulmonologist, and an allergist. That would be my suggestion.

User - posted on 03/08/2009

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I would get referrals to a local children's hospital to have a full range of tests so you know exactly what you are dealing with. It sounds like a lot of different issues might be to blame. My son had lots of similar issues...we eventually got answers and results after seeing an ENT, pulmonologist, and an allergist. That would be my suggestion.

User - posted on 03/08/2009

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I would get referrals to a local children's hospital to have a full range of tests so you know exactly what you are dealing with. It sounds like a lot of different issues might be to blame. My son had lots of similar issues...we eventually got answers and results after seeing an ENT, pulmonologist, and an allergist. That would be my suggestion.

Rebecca - posted on 03/08/2009

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There are so many replies,I didn't read them all- but you should look into chiropractic care as well as the allergist and ENT. I've heard Chiropractors can do wonders for children!

Laura - posted on 03/08/2009

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Hi Sarah,



I know alot of people are skeptic of holistic medicine but I have had great results from it.  MY son has always had problems with ear infections, throat infections for most of his life until I met his new doctor.  He is a holistic/herbalist doctor, and he basically cured my son.  I was amazed as to how long I was going crazy looking for answers couldn't understand why no one was able to help my son.  He seemed to be getting worse until now.  If you are open-minded and really need some answers..going the holistic approach will be your answer.  My son's immune system is very strong now, knock on wood..he hasn't gotten sick for 2 years now.  Not even a bad cold..  I hope the best for you and your son.



 



Take care



Laura



 

Sherry - posted on 03/08/2009

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My two boys were sick all the  time! I just had both boys 7 & 8 get there tonsils and adenoids out! I hope they stay well.Look into it!

Stephanie - posted on 03/08/2009

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I must say I have plenty of experience with the tubes.  My son is now 13 years old and we started with tubes at the age of 19 months.  He has had 3 sets of tubes, put in and finally with the 3rd set about 5 years ago he had his anoids taken out and ever since then - we have not had any issues with his ears - no infections.  Antobotics only work for a temporary fix.  Tubes are a God sent.  It is harder on the parents going through it then the children.

Laura - posted on 03/08/2009

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Hi, I have heard that homeopathy is a very good alternative kind of treatment using only natural ingredients so it may well be worth a go. 

Larami Shafer - posted on 03/08/2009

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My child was constantly sick from the time she was 4 months old and on, she stayed with an ear infection or cold, asthma pnuemonia, she went thru three sets of tubes, breathing treatments every antibiotic aand allergy meds that could be given to her, and finally when she was 3 we discussed with her pediatrician possible causes other than she just gets sick a lot. We had her tested for immune deficiency's, which is done by taking the childs blood and looking for Immunoglobins, this is not found on a regular blood check, they must be looking for it specifically. Our child came back with Selective IGA Immune deficiency. Bad news, there really is not a real cure for it. SOme children can get Vitamin Injections after 5 yrs, but there is no real cure. The good news is, we know that we take a cold or a cough more seriously, keep her in longer, treat her quicker to tackle it, and as a child grows they tend to out grow being sick all the time. The main thing to avoid is a blood transfusion and she wears a Med ID braceltte and will have ot her whole life. But she is 6 now and the past year has been her best yet, we are hopeful she is indeed outgrowing it. I would highly suggest parents with children suffering from frequent ear or respitory illnesses have thier child tested for Immune Problems, it would save them lots of Doctor visits and Antibiotic, with an Immune deficient child a Doctor tends to hit it with certian meds he knows will tackle it from the start, rather than waiting and putting the child thru unecessary drug treatments that wont work anyways. Good Luck

Rabecca - posted on 03/08/2009

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My yougest got ear infections, brochitis, rsv, and many upper resp. infections. She would go on ammox for 2 weeks, and within 2 days of being off she would be sick all over again. I honestly, without exaggeration, took her to the dr at least twice a month.



She went in for her first tubes at 2.5 years, they only helped about a month, went in and got her tonsils and adnoids removed just before she turned three, that helped for about 5 months, she got her second set of tubes at 3.5 and she recently got her third set at 4.5.



She has been through speech therapy (Because her ear infections made it hard for her to hear herself talk) and had hearing tests. She is now a little over 5 and she hasnt been sick once since the last set of tubes, but her specialist tells me that its likely that she will not need another set. We hope not, but if she needs them again, thats what we will do.



I recomend the tubes because even if it is only a brief relief, its feels so good to see your sicky feel good, run around without bouncing off walls (Mine has serious equilibrum problems). Not to mention those times without ear infections let them hear, and with good hearing comes clear speach, which is so important as they get older.



We also discovered that she has alergies and possible athsma.(Shes not old enough to test)



We keep a humidifier in her room 24/7, all year round.(When shes at preschool we open the windows and let her room dry out to prevent mold) Every morning she takes a daily vitamin with immunity booster and Claritin (24 hour allergy med), and anytime she goes swimming or bathes, she has these really cool neon orange ear plugs (which shes learned to put in herself over the past year).



I know it sees like alot of hassle, but really when she runs out in the yard and doesnt trip over nothing, or when she doesnt have to be told 5 times before she finally realizes your talking to her, it makes it all worth it.



AND most important, everytime shes had tubes, she wakes up, doesnt even cry, and asks if we can go to "Old McDonalds" for Chicken Nuggets. The doctors say keep her quiet, but within 3 hours she up and running around just like normal, screaming and laughing and having a good time. (Everything is extremely loud to her for the first few weeks, and her voice goes through a weird change for a few days, but it always goes back to normal.)



I know its a hard choice to make, but hopefully this helps you out. Good Luck!

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