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Old 10-03-2008, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
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My daughter who is now 20 had constant ear infections and was on maintenance antibiotics for sometime because of it. As she got older and out of day care she grew out of it and doesn't have any trouble now. Doctor's wanted to put tubes in her ears and she fully understood and we agreed not to go that route. We never found out way she suffered with them and why my son did not other to offer that she was not breastfed while my son was.

Ah.. interesting.

My mom told me my brother almost had tubes in his ears.. but then they found out he had a cyst in his neck related to the thyroid. Once they removed that he had no problem with his ears.

My son was breastfed till he was 13 months.. which adds to my frustration. I thought that that was supposed to help against illness.. although I will say he didnt' get sick for the first time till after I finished nursing despite the fact that I had been sick once or twice.

I remember getting ear infections as a kid quite a bit too, but never to the point where they wanted to give me tubes. My problem was always my throat and constantly getting strep. My Dr. refused to remove my tonsils an finally at 21 I was sick of being sick (my tonsils would swell at the slightest thing.. I even had a really bad absessed tonsil once almost to the point I was completely closed off) . So , I found another Dr. and asked him to take those suckers out. He did and now I never get strep and even my colds are less severe than they used to be. I wish I wuold have removed them MUCH earlier!!
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Old 10-03-2008, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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I will.. thank you.

Did your son also have a soar throat that accompanied that infection/.
Last time he had a sore throat and when I ask him what hurts he's pointing to his mouth.. Just wondering if they kind of go hand in hand.

Poor thing was upset , threw a tantrum and then nearly threw up. I think he's getting dizzy and a little nauseaus ..he's calm now that he's laying down on the couch watching TV.
TM - my son was 4 months old at the time so I would not have known if he had a sore throat. There was no indication of that everytime he had an episode. I think that some children's ear canals predisposes them to ear infections...something to do with the angle that prevents the ear from normally draining fluids (the ones that eventually turn into ear wax). I think this is what tubes hope to correct. I'm not really sure about that but that was what I recall. He's 11 now so it's been a while.

Not to scare or alarm anyone needlessly about tubes or surgery for that matter but a co-worker's friend's 11-month old baby passed away suddenly within 30 minutes of being on the operating table after tubes have been put in. The pediatrician was beside himself and very shook up as this has never happened before. The infant's heart rate suddenly shot up to 240. Two hours of attempting to revive the baby failed. Pending autopsy of the infant, speculation is that the operation may have opened up an area that was infected by a virus and that had spread to the lungs somehow, or that the infant may have had an adverse reaction to anaesthesia. Supposedly this was the first time in the doctor's 17-year career that he lost an infant (and while putting in tubes). There does not appear to be any indication of negligence either in the doctor's or anaesthesiologist's part, but that was devastating for everyone. I personally would explore all possibilities as to the risk of tubes since it may lead to secondary side effects or risk.

I feel bad for you TM and T as well. It breaks our hearts to watch them suffer so.
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Old 10-03-2008, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
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TM - my son was 4 months old at the time so I would not have known if he had a sore throat. There was no indication of that everytime he had an episode. I think that some children's ear canals predisposes them to ear infections...something to do with the angle that prevents the ear from normally draining fluids (the ones that eventually turn into ear wax). I think this is what tubes hope to correct. I'm not really sure about that but that was what I recall. He's 11 now so it's been a while.

Not to scare or alarm anyone needlessly about tubes or surgery for that matter but a co-worker's friend's 11-month old baby passed away suddenly within 30 minutes of being on the operating table after tubes have been put in. The pediatrician was beside himself and very shook up as this has never happened before. The infant's heart rate suddenly shot up to 240. Pending autopsy of the infant, speculation is that the operation may have opened up an area that was infected by a virus, or that the infant may have had an adverse reaction to anaesthesia. Supposedly this was the first time in the doctor's 17-year career that he lost an infant (and while putting in tubes). There does not appear to be any indication of negligence either in the doctor's or anaesthesiologist's part, but that was devastating for everyone. I personally would explore all possibilities as to the risk of tubes since it may lead to secondary side effects or risk.

I feel bad for you TM and T as well. It breaks our hearts to watch them suffer so.

Yeah.. dfinately tubes are last resort efforts.. I think I like the idea of low grade antibiotics for a period of time.. and I'll request that. Especially hearing this story.. That poor mother.. my god.. my heart is broken for her. I don't know ?WHAT I would do if I lost my son. He is my heart and I don't know how anyone survives that.
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Old 10-03-2008, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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Yeah.. dfinately tubes are last resort efforts.. I think I like the idea of low grade antibiotics for a period of time.. and I'll request that. Especially hearing this story.. That poor mother.. my god.. my heart is broken for her. I don't know ?WHAT I would do if I lost my son. He is my heart and I don't know how anyone survives that.
Yeah...we all tremble a little at the thought. I shed a tear when I read the obit and saw the baby's pic in the local paper. Supposedly the mom had always wanted a child but the ex- didn't. She remarried after the divorce and had this one, the first, and then...[shudder]...I can't even imagine the anguish.

I hope the little one gets some relief soon...

On second thought, maybe there is something in your new location (a tree, plants, etc.) that is causing this. This is his first season in the new place isn't it? Most ear infections start as a cold, perhaps an allergic reaction, and then their sinuses get stuffed, and then their ears get clogged. Is it possible there's vegetation around your new house he's reacting to?
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Old 10-03-2008, 06:26 PM
 
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the runny nose makes me think allergies too. Everything in the head swells, and nothing drains properly. That's when the infections start. Sometimes the sinuses, or the throat and tonsils, and sometimes the ears.

I think it would be worth the effort to see an allergist before you start him on any kind of antibiotic maintenance program. It might be something around the house or in his outside play area, that could be easily taken care of.
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Old 10-03-2008, 07:13 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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Every person is different and with children's systems not being fully developed I'm sure it adds to the problem. Many adults suffer with allergies these days and maybe that is what is going on with the children that suffer ear infections. My daughter does now have active allergies to normal things; pets, pollen, ragweed, etc. though they are all undiagnosed. Watch the pollen counts in your area when your child is suffering to see a connection. If you are heating with forced air that adds to the problem also; get a cool-mist humidifier for your child's room. I suffer each year as heating season begins and it takes a good month to get used to it.

I am not a medical professional; just a parent. I would never subject a child of mine to ear tubes as I fully believe this is just part of the growing process.
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Old 10-04-2008, 07:16 AM
 
Location: most beautiful place ever
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I used to know a family with 2 younger children. When they tried a dairy free diet due to constant sickness, i remember the 4 yr old girl hated soy milk but loved rice milk. she liked it better than regular milk. What helped the mother to switch them over (the little boy was 'ok' with soy, hated the rice) was buying soy and rice ice cream and mixing a little reg milk in with their cereal or drinks. She had good results.
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Old 10-04-2008, 08:31 AM
 
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I will try that too. That may be hard, he LOVES his milk in the morning and before bed.. unless I can trick him with Soy Milk!!
Try the Silk brand, it is the closest to milk. THey also have a chocolate flavored one kids like.
I would keep dairy out of the diet for a few months and see it if helps... I have heard so many people say it made a big difference, worth a try - imo.
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Old 10-04-2008, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Fountain Inn SC
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Get your child off dairy products - it has been proven to have a direct connection with ear problems in kids. Try candling the ears - you'll be shocked as to the amount of wax and buildup that will come out of the ear with no pain experienced by the individual being candled.
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Old 10-04-2008, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
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Hey.

Thanks for all the tips. I will try the dairy thing.

Turned out it wasn't his ears, that he has just some sort of virus with a sore throat.. which doesn't neccesarily mean he won't have an ear infection.. as his pattern tends to be the virus first followed by the infection , we'll see.

The Dr. also suggested that it could be his adnoids (not sure if that is the right word used) which functions are the same as the tonsils and he may need to see an ENT to get them checked if he continues to keep getting sick. That could make sense too, as I have had bad tonsils that constantly made me sick until I had them removed.

But I will start using less dairy and more soy or rice milk.
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