my 3 y/o ds is currently battling his third ear infection. all three infections have been acute, with no other congestion or infections leading up to it (i thought i understood that ear infections are normally secondary infections) he had a mild one about a year ago, which i treated right away with garlic oil, and it cleared up quickly.
his second one was only three weeks ago, and it was terrible. he was inconsolable for a few hours, and was only eventually calmed down by being worn in the mei tai. it was the day after christmas, so i couldn't take him to the ped, and we were w/o a chiro at the time. i did call the chiro we were hoping to go to (i had just been slacking off on making an appt), but he was out of the office that day. i ended up calling the ped (he tends to not be rx-happy), who said that he thought it warranted abx; in his opinion, all of the pain indicated a possible bacterial infection (i don't know why, but that's what he said). at that point, i just wanted my boy to feel better, so we went with the abx (this was his first round ever, so i tried not to beat myself up, since most kids have probably had waaaay more by his age), and the ear drops rx'd by the ped. i also gave him garlic oil, and eventually gave in to tylenol (i HAD to be able to put him down; after like six hours of wearing him, i just couldn't take it anymore, and he was so miserable that he wouldn't let me). maybe two hours after abx and thirty minutes after tylenol, he suddenly told me that he felt better, and then he knocked out for the night, and he was pretty much fine after that.
early this morning, he woke up crying, and it was the same thing all over again. i did garlic oil (which he HATES), and wore him in the mt for hours and hours. again, i called the ped, hoping that he would not say abx, but he wanted to put him on another round, and have me bring him in tomorrow. i decided to bring him in tomorrow, but i'm not doing the abx. i'll be taking him to the chiro after the ped.
i'm soooo glad that i didn't give into the abx this time, because he's already feeling so much better. i did the garlic oil, and i gave him herb's for kids temp assure, and after a lot of sleep, he's pretty much back to himself. he's still a bit warm, but i'm waiting it out to see what happens.
i had chronic ear infections as a child, and was on abx after abx. my immune system isn't so hot now.
i have no desire in going down that road for my kids, but i had to make a judgement call last time, and abx seemed to be the most appropriate at the time.
now that i've written a novel
, here are my questions-
1) from how my mom has described what perforation sounds like in a child (from her experience with me- screaming, screaming, screaming, and then sudden relief, smiles, etc.), i think he ma`y have had some perforation this afternoon. he was having what was almost like a panic attack (and he is a pretty easy-going kid), and then all of a sudden he said, "mommy, i feel better!" he kept saying it for a few minutes, until he started to freak out a bit again, but then he went to sleep. there was never anything draining out of his ear; would there definitely be something coming out, if it really did perforate?
2) any guesses as to why the sudden onset of acute infections, with no previous symptoms? we don't
think he's allergic to dairy (we were off of it for a long time [yes, longer than six weeks], because we suspected an allergy due to behavior issues, and there was never any change in behavior, bodily functions, etc; it also didn't come up on his IGg allergy blood test). i was going to say something else about this, but i've suddenly had a brain freeze...
Originally Posted by pjabslenz
I have never heard of this until today but a friend just shared with me that she was advised by her nutritionist to use a dab of tea tree oil behind each ear, along the jaw line, on the neck/throat and the bottoms of the feet for her little one.
except for the feet, i do all of this with the garlic oil. it just "came to me" to do it, so i'm glad that i went with my instincts!
Originally Posted by momofmine
I don't know, but my inclination is always that if the fever is gone they are on their way to getting better. Have you heard about the warming wet sock treatment? That is supposed to help pull congestion and such away from the upper body. It is very effective. I did it last week with both of my kids when they were sick. You can read about it here
This was counterintuitive to me at first, putting cold wet socks on my kids' feet with fever and cough. When they are sick, I am usually trying to keep their feet warm, but I did it, and I do think it helped. I think it is best if you do it three nights in a row. You can also do it after they have gone to bed, if you don't think they'll go for it, just be sure the feet are sufficiently warmed first.
I have also read that holding a warmed (but obviously not too hot) onion on the ear helps draw infection out, but I'm not sure if you could get a 2 yo to cooperate on that. I think you slice the onion in half, grill it or cook it or warm it somehow, with the cut side down. Be sure it's cooled down enough (maybe try it on your own ear first?).
I would probably go back to the chiro again tomorrow, if you can get in once more before Christmas. Hope she wakes up feeling better!
thanks for the wet sock link. the onion thing is mentioned a few times in this thread.