My DSS has had chronic ear infections since he was a baby. he is 7 going on 8 now, and has multiple operations to get ear tubes in and has had complications like a burst ear drum in the past because of it. I have been his step parent since he was 4, but I have had little to no involvement in management and treatment of his issues mostly because both DH and DSS's mom ar every involve in his health care together.
He is presently being treated with antibiotics for "fluid behind his ear drum" (not necessarily an infection even) for the second time in two months and his Dr is pushing for tubes again. Fortunately his mom is going to take him to a pediatric chiropractor for the first time to see if that helps first. My frustrations and concerns are that i have always suggested trying dietary alterations to DH in the past- cutting back on foods known to produce mucus, inflamation, and irritation- such as dairy, soy, too much sugar/salt/junk food, etc. I know we can't alter what he eats at his mom's but I felt it worth trying since my second oldest had similar issues as a toddler and My pediatrician recommended removing milk- not even all dairy- for a time to see if they stopped. They did! He had 5 infections in a row over 7 months and then never had one again (he does drink some milk now.). DSS's Dr has never suggested dietary changes, and he does have an actual physical issue where his tubes are very U-shaped so fluid collects in them increasing the possibility of infection. In the past, his mom argued against cutting back on mucus producing/inflamitory foods mainly because the Dr didn' suggest it, and DH keeps pointing out the deformity in his ear canals (even though Dr's said he would 'outgrow it' by now. They also always treat with antibiotics and don't try any alternate treatments.
SO I was wondering if any other mama's have experience with this, and have suggestions OR insight as to why a child may have fluid collecting in their ears with no actual cold/allergy/infection symptoms? In my experience my children typically got them as secondary infections, and DSS gets a random. I'm also researching it because DSS's mom pointed out that the last 2 or 3 times he got one, it was at our house. At first I felt defensive about it, because we only have him 4 days at a time so it's just as likely he could have started developing it earlier. However, it's true- the last few times he came down with one it was here, and I'm trying to figure out if there could be something contributing to that?
When my daughter was 18 months, she suddenly started getting ear infections. She doesn't run fever when ill, so it was really hard to figure out what was going on at first. She was waking at night, happy as could be, but would not go to sleep (even though she had always been a good sleeper). She did not seem to have a cold or allergies. However, instead of tubes, her doctor recomended treating her for allergies. She started on Zyrtec, and never had another ear infection. (she had a cluster of them within months before we did this). She is now 13. She only takes allergy medicine during certain times of the year.
My sister and I both had many chronic ear infections growing up. Fortunately, tubes were helpful in my case. For my sister, she had her tonsils and adenoids removed. A specialist realized she had fluid collecting in her ear and suggested surgery. She still was getting many ear infections and had some reconstructive surgery in her ear. She saw an ear, nose and throat specialist. Now, she rarely gets ear infections but still occasionally does at 22. An ear, nose and throat specialist may be a good idea.
My son, had several ear infections close together his first year. I took him to a chiropractor friend who is very good with babies and ear infection adjustments and he never had another ear infection. The chiropractor said the adjustments would help prevent the fluid from collecting in the ear.
My experiences may not be very helpful. The chiropractor might not have prevented ear infections.