I think the last fever spike was because of tylenol use. Instead of giving her tylenol the next time I gave her the garlic drops in the non-ruptured ear, and her fever went down to 99 and it she wasn't in pain anymore. I started giving her both the oral and ear drop abx a little bit after I posted here on the 31st. The health food store had the probiotics - so I got those. My baby is doing much better. Before I even started giving the abx, she was doing a lot better, actually.
Now, even though I'm giving it to her - I don't know how much she is getting, honestly. She has spit up and thrown up all or most of it. I know she's getting at least some of it - since her poop has changed. She hates this stuff and starts crying when I give even anymore than 1/5 mL at a time. I think that's why she threw it up, because she was crying so much she caused herself to cough and throw up. This morning is the first time she's kept most of it down. I found if I give just 1/5 mL at a time, let her swallow it, and give another 1/5 mL, etc until she starts getting upset (usually 2 mL total in a sitting), she keeps it down if I don't get it on her tongue. I have to give her 5 mL twice a day, so it is slow going. Let's hope she continues to keep it down if I do it this way, because I think getting a little bit is probably worse than getting none at all, since it will kill off some bacteria, but not all. The ear drops aren't staying in that well either since it takes so long for them to soak in. I'm putting a cotton ball in the outer part of the ear after I let the drops soak in for a little, but some of it doesn't get in the ear, I know. Anyone have additional tips of how to keep these and oral down?
I found the posts saying I was letting my baby be in pain and suffering, and why am I asking asking and listening to opinions here vs dr hurtful. When she seemed like she was in pain, and I couldn't alleviate it by nursing her, rocking her, or other means, I gave her tylenol (because I didn't know any alternatives). I never let her be in pain. I went to the dr as soon as I could get her seen by someone after her eardrum had ruptured. I didn't know she had an ear infection until her eardrum ruptured - I didn't realize the signs of a possible ear infection until too late, now I know. I posted on here after I had started calling the drs to see if I could get an appointment. I posted on here because previously I had thought other things *had* to be treated by abx, like ear infections, mastitis, and UTIs. Since being on here and through my midwife I have found out differently. I didn't know about a ruptured eardrum. I thought, well maybe this is another thing that the mainstream says has to be treated by abx, when it really doesn't. So I did a search on here. I found just as many people saying they just let the eardrum heal on its own as rx it, and nothing about a 3 mo old. Also, I figured the medical care here would be extremely mainstream, so I didn't totally trust what they would say - so I wanted to get opinions that were more like my own to bounce this off from. I don't have anyone like minded to bounce things off from in my life in person at the moment - in fact, I have people who are just the opposite, wanting to give and take medecine at the drop of a hat.
I didn't give the abx right away after we went to the dr, because we weren't able to get the rx filled until that night and she was asleep. I didn't give them the next morning because she was asleep. She woke up and I gave her the garlic drops in the non-ruptured ear, but I held off the abx, because I had called the dr to see if I could just do the abx ear drops instead of both oral and drops, and I wanted to see what she said. I was pretty sure what I was going to do after I talked to the dr - but, again, I don't have anybody like-minded to talk to, so I just wanted to bounce it off someone, see what they would do in my situation - since she was asleep again, and I didn't want to wake her up to give it to her. Plus, I think this dr *seems* like minded, but I really don't know her very well - I just saw her the one time. I know the previous dr that was there, but not this dr. I just wanted to be cautious giving her abx because I know the side effects, etc. I didn't think waiting until the baby woke up and I got a few opinions would do any harm. She *wasn't* in pain - she was smiling when she was awake, and she was eating well again. I was giving her tylenol and then the garlic ear drops in the non-ruptured ear after I found out about bad effects at tylenol. She started eating really well again a little before we went to the drs. I was doing what I thought was best for my baby, and I don't think telling me I'm letting my baby suffer in pain and causing her possible hearing loss is reflecting that. I realize not everyone was saying this, but those posts were hurtful. Thank you for all the advice and the well wishes, get better soons, and the posts saying they knew I was tryng to do best for her. Now I need to do lots of research so I will be more prepared next time. Thank you.