My daughter is unvaccinated and was breastfed until 2.5. However, she has gigantic tonsils/adenoids. We had about 8-9 ear infections in a year. Colds and other b.s. in between. I gave her antibiotics for most of the ear infections (as they were all severe/bulging and I thought that's when they were indicated). The one mild one she had, I didn't treat with abx. I have since learned this is NOT GOOD.
A naturopath did a stool test on her that tested way high for yeast. My kid seemed to be sick all the time with colds, ear infections, etc. We started a 6 month elimination diet without dairy, soy, and gluten. Sounds hard, but its really quite manageable. She also takes a variety of supplements, a probiotic, and an herbal yeast remedy called Biocidin.
The results have been INCREDIBLE. First of all, she stopped snoring the day after we took her off dairy. I certainly think she has a dairy allergy. In fact, the more I read, the more I think MOST of us do not benefit from dairy. Its not all that healthy for you.
Secondly, she has not been sick AT ALL for the last two months through the dead of winter with people dropping from the flu and colds all around us. Her teachers BOTH got the flu, and she had kids hacking coughing and running snot all around her. Not even a sniffle. I am pinching myself.
Her belly is getting flatter (used to be pooched out with yeast overgrowth) and she has never been healthier. I am in shock honestly. I can't think of even ONE of our friends who didn't get a gnarly cold this winter. Milena was almost bulletproof to it.
So my advice is NO ANTIBIOTICS FOR EAR INFECTIONS and be wary of dairy. I read some statistic that said something like 70% of us have some issue with dairy. There are 50+ proteins in it that you can be allergic to....so its a decent bet. My friend is a doctor at Kaiser and he said they NEVER EVER GIVE ANTIBIOTICS for ear infections. They give pain drops to relieve any pain in the ear and they heal on their own. He said if there is any other symptom (runny nose, cough, etc.) it is almost always viral and the antibiotics do nothing to resolve them.
Anyhow, I'm fairly certain that my daughter's health/allergy issues were related to her gut problems (as mentioned on that thread) and I don't think dairy benefits her at all. The jury is still out on soy and gluten. In theory, she can have them all in small amounts after the 6 months. I guess we'll get instructions from the naturopath when we cross that bridge.
FWIW, DD was a cheese freak and loved dairy. Definetly a case of being addicted to what you are allergic too. She is 2.5 now, and her own policewoman. At a mexican restaurant the other day, they put cheese on her beans. She immediately said "uh oh! look at my beans. I can't have cheese!" She has been amazing about everything.
It sounds impossible but it can be done. And it is WORTH IT. Perhaps, your son will eat better when he is feeling better and his belly isn't ripped up from antibiotics???
I just wrote out a whole list of things DD CAN eat for another mama. If you are interested, I'd be happy to share.
Also, I'm anti ear tubes for the simple reason that research shows general anaesthetic before the age of 3 is correlated to learning and memory problems throughout life
I thought I only had the surgery/recovery to worry about. But long term cognitive ramifications on top of that? yikes.
Is there a naturopath you could at least meet with? Once your LO gets his system back in balance, you might be surprised at how healthy it gets. It took us about 2 months to see results with Milena, but now she's almost bulletproof