Originally Posted by Beanjeepin
Everything in this thread seems to be "IF the eardrum has not burst". . . What can I use if it DID burst other than ABx?
All this information sounds GREAT - if you aren't a baby and your eardrum is apparently intact. Our oldest had her first ear infection last year at age 6. Other than that, we've been clear (knock on wood!) until now. . .
Our youngest (one of our twin boys) has had 3 ear infections in the last 3 months.
The first one (early January, 13 months old) wasn't noticeable until suddenly on a Tuesday afternoon he had tons of pus-filled fluid and curdy white stuff coming out of his ear. When we realized he had an infection, my husband said, "Oh, THAT must be why he was crying on Saturday night!" But the length and intensity of Saturday night's upset didn't seem to me like it would be an ear infection.
He'd showed no other symptoms. I tried putting breastmilk into his ear for a couple of days (the advice I'd seen on that hadn't included the qualifier of eardrum not being ruptured). Since online reading seemed to indicate it was warranted to use abx in kids under 2, we did take him in. The doctor didn't believe me that he hadn't even felt warm until the day AFTER the ear started draining. The infection was treated with amoxicillin.
In late February, he got another one. Same thing: baby (now 14.5 months) acts completely normal (did have cold/runny nose) and suddenly has ear draining. Doctor had swabbed his throat thinking it was something more b/c he had swollen glands and pus in the back of his throat. Ear that wasn't draining was red inside. Swab came back negative. We did amoxicillin again and babe was re-evaluated by doc after 48 hours on the 7-day treatment.
NOW, he was finished the antibiotics for only ONE WEEK by the time the third ear infection started! Half of us, including baby and twin brother, have colds again. Babysitter told me Tuesday at noon that she thought maybe he was getting an ear infection again (not warm, just a bit clingy). She recommended breastmilk in ear and when I said that hadn't worked before, she thought we weren't on top of it soon enough. So I put some in his ear right away. But sure enough, 4 hours later, his eardrum was ruptured again and draining oozey pus.
I'm so frustrated. These last 2 infections have been in the left ear. I think the first one was, also. So today the doctor recommended stronger "clav" penicillin. And of course he's planning to refer us to a specialist and saying tubes might be needed.
My husband and I aren't keen on the antibiotics. But when we try to discuss with doctors, our reading about the ineffectiveness of antibiotics and newer trends toward letting ear infections resolve themselves we get a blanket "No, that's just wrong" or response that it is very important to use abx if baby is under two.
I just feel "unarmed" to try anything else to resolve this because we never know he's getting an ear infection until the eardrum is already ruptured, or this time, 4 hours before it ruptured.
Has anyone been in a similar boat?
I have also read that there is a device parents can buy for home use that is similar to a doctor's otoscope. Does anyone have experience with one of these? Was it helpful? I've been wondering if it would be worthwhile for us to get one and inspect his ears twice a week regardless of his apparent health. Maybe then we would notice redness inside and have a few days to treat with some of these other methods instead of suddenly finding an oozing ear.
Thanks for reading my long-winded post! I'm just so frustrated by the situation and feel that we are quickly getting sucked into an abx/tubes scenario that isn't necessarily going to resolve the problem very well.