We are trying to avoid tubes and surgery, so the doc prescribed Singulair as a stopgap. He has no other risk factors: no daycare, no younger or older siblings, no bottle, breastfed, no dairy. I also do not think he has allergies, but who knows!
What do you all think? I am not wild about either option, but I am also not wild about his lack of hearing and the constant pain.
Does anyone know any side effects of Singulair or similar drugs in small toddlers? Besides what is on the insert...I mean, real life experience? Would you all try the meds, or go right for the tubes? I'll be honest, we do not do chiropracty, a solution I saw offered in other threads, hence, the starting of a new one!
Thanks so much ladies!
Honestly, my dh was completely against seeing a chiro but now that we tried it and it worked wonderfully, he's all for it. I would not give another child Singulair and I see no reason to put a young child through surgery (even minor surgery) unless I'd completely exhausted all other options. Why are you against chiro?
Looking back, it was not the horrible event I was imagining. I convinced them to let me stay with ds until he was fully sedated. That was surprisingly only a mild trauma for him (and they explained that as people are going out, sometimes they really look freaked for just about 15 or 30 seconds right before they go OUT, so not to worry if that happens..it just means the sedation is kicking in). I say surprising because my kid has a lot of sensory issues.
Anyway, the procedure was short. Within a few minutes of him waking up, they brought him to me. We cuddled for a minute, and then he started eating. He bounced right back to normal. They actually told him to slow down because he could get nauseated from eating normally after being sedated. Within a few minutes of that, he wanted to go play. Because of the sedation, I had to have my arms right there to catch him in case he fell, which was hard only because he was soooooo active right away. It was like nothing ever happened.
This completely cleared up his hearing. Our follow-up sedated hearing test was within the range of normal, while pre-tubes it was moderate hearing loss (honestly, I didn't mind that...we are a signing family anyway, but eventually the ped said at like 8 or 9 he'd start hearing normally and then he'd have a lot of speech catch-up he'd want to do...he has other developmental delays, so I felt it better to give him any advantage I could).
Since that time, I've heard so many other parents comment "why did we wait so long?" after their kids get tubes.
Honestly, if the alternative you are looking into right now is chronic use of medication, I would go for this surgery any day! I did worry because we are a family of water-babies about swimming and stuff, but as long as his ear plugs are in for showers and swims, it is no big deal at all. If you forget them, you can just do your best to dry them out and put in some antibiotic drops for a couple days.
Of course, you could always try chiro or homeopathy, etc. first. But I personally wouldn't wait with my kid in pain...I'd schedule the surgery (since it takes a month or two to get in), try the alternatives, and cancel if things seemed to be changing.
Have you had an allergist test your kido?
My DH has been prescribed it for twice daily use and because of his concerns about the side effects - knowing that he will need it long term - he really limits his use and only takes it when he absolutely has to.
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He was on Singulair for quite some time but I took him off of it. I am not comfortable with the side effects (my son had nightmares which is a potential side effect).
I do think in some cases, tubes are the way to go. But never as a first option.
I think we will end up going with the tubes, as I am concerned that he has had fluid in his right ear for months. We have tried treating, not treating, and they just are not resolving. As I am typing this, a little voice inside my head is saying, nah, just wait it out. But the pain for him is awful, and I do worry about speech delays.
As for seeing the chiro, well, I do not want to offend or anything, so I will simply leave it at I do not subscribe to chiro for children. I do not see how that could help his tubes, and he is never sick, so I can't relalybuy into the chiro--better immunity theory here. All ear infections save one have been cold and flu asymptomatic. Many of them have coincided with a tooth coming in, though I do not know if that is correlation or causation.
Thank you everybody for sharing. If you have more, I am open to it!
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As for seeing the chiro, well, I do not want to offend or anything, so I will simply leave it at I do not subscribe to chiro for children. I do not see how that could help his tubes, and he is never sick, so I can't really buy into the chiro--better immunity theory here. All ear infections save one have been cold and flu asymptomatic. Many of them have coincided with a tooth coming in, though I do not know if that is correlation or causation.
|Chiropractors specializing in children use very specific, gentle techniques to care for children. On the very young, the adjustment is as light as a finger touch. Doctors of Chiropractic who are members of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association have taken post-graduate classes on specific techniques for pregnant mothers, infants and children to enhance their skills in this field.|
You might be interested in these study results
|A promising study published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics indicates that there is a strong correlation between chiropractic adjustments and the resolution of ear infections. 332 children with chronic ear infections participated in the study. Each child, ranging in age from 27 days to 5 years, was given a series of chiropractic adjustments. The results show that close to 80% of the children did not experience another ear infection within the six-month period following their initial visits. The six-month period included maintenance treatments every four to six weeks. Joan M. Fallon, D.C., the author of the study and the chiropractor who treated the children in the study, states that this pilot study can serve as a starting point from which the chiropractic profession can begin to examine its role in the treatment of children with chronic ear infections. She asserts that large-scale clinical trials need to be undertaken in the field.|
Anyway, I know there are many people who are anti ear tubes, and other practices but for me it was such a relief, I wished that they had done it sooner. HTH.
I wasn't a believer in it either until we tried it. Kids are easy to treat with chiropractic care, much more so than adults.
I'm curious, have you treated the ear infections with antibiotics?
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If you go forward with the tubes, find an ENT and a hospital that will fit in with your needs. Our hospital had a policy that kids were to be woken up from sedation and given tylenol before the parents were allowed to come back. DD was 2 at the time, and I told the ENT that I wanted to be there as soon as she was taken to recovery so that I could be there when she woke up. The ENT agreed, but the nurses still woke her up and tried to give her medication without me there, and DD freaked out. It's not a huge deal, and she is obviously ok, but now I know what to look for if we ever have to do something like that again. She was in quite a bit of pain when she woke up, and she was down for about a day, but after that, she was totally fine. And I have heard of lots of kids who are raring to go the same day as the surgery. So it all depends on the kid, I guess.
Good luck with whatever you choose, and I hope your DS's ears are better soon!