Fluid on ear?

Ashley - posted on 04/19/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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About 5 months ago my daughter had a double ear infection. We went back to the doctor for a checkup and her doctor said that on one of her ears there is still fluid and that we need to come back in a month. If it's still there we will need to make an ears, nose, throat appointment. Do you think she will have to have tubes? Have you had this problem? I'm just curious. I've noticed her playing with that ear alot, and wondered if maybe it gives her trouble at night. Also could it be effecting her walking? She walks from point to point but is very off balance.

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Ashley - posted on 04/19/2011

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She just turned one but she's been trying to walk since she was about 9 months. This last ear infection was her first and I've heard that normally they've had several before proposing tubes. She didn't give her an antibiotic this last check but before when she had the infection she did. Thanks for replying!

Kimberly - posted on 04/19/2011

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It does seem like he is leaning towards tubes. How old is your daughter? I'm surprised that he's leaning towards tubes so quickly, also surprised that he's waiting a full month to recheck the ear. Did he give her an antibiotic? My daughter who is almost 21 months is the ear infection queen. We have had back to back ear infections usually 1 a month but have gone a couple stretches at 2 months in between for almost a year, but her doctor is still wants to wait it out before we jump to tubes since it is a full blown surgery with anesthesia for such a little person. Most children's ear canals are not fully developed until they are 2 years old hence wanting to wait to see if her canal drops down where it should be before we start discussing surgery. With my daughters ear infections we get the antibiotic then we got back in 2 weeks later to make sure it has cleared, but this is probably because of the frequency of infections. If she's had this fluid sitting in her ear it could give her a sense of imbalance when she walks but of course if she's a new walker the imbalance comes with the territory. I hope this helps somewhat and I hope your daughter is feeling better soon.

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