Cross posted in Health and Healing - with no response there...
So after a screaming bout for an hour last night, I went out to get some help at the drug store. We used a homeopatic remedy for earaches and it worked immediately. Similasan is the brand name. He slept fairly well throughout the night and we took him to the doc this morning to see if it indeed was an ear infection. It was, in fact it was a double ear infection. Doc prescribed amoxicillan and said that there is no other way to treat it as the infection is in the middle ear behind the ear drum. He also said that any type of oil that we'd put in his ear would help ease his pain. I was not at the doc appt, DH took him. I really am hesitant to use antibiotics although I do plan to use probiotics with them. I've read that they are not typically any more effective in getting rid of the problem. What other remedies could you suggest? I'm hesitant to use BM in the ear since it didn't seem to work for the blocked tear duct and goopy eyes this time. But the homeopathic remedy seemed to work well, but I realize that isn't necessarily clearing up the infection. Thoughts? What have been your experiences with antibiotics or homeopathy?
This is DS's first illness and I am at a loss what to do naturally. I'm obviously much more hesitant to let a almost 7 mo old wait it out as compared to myself. I know when I'm in too much pain/discomfort, but I really can't gage his very well.
Update - I have not started the antibiotics. I have read that 70% of ear infections will clear up on there own without any treatment. Also that many docs misdiagnose an infection and give antibiotics when it is a viral infection. The book said he needs to have a red eardrum that is swollen with pus behind the ear to indicate that it is a bacterial infection that would even respond to antibiotics. And many of those infections will clear up on their own in time once the cold clears up and the eustachian tube is opened.
I think I'm going to wait it out,...he doesn't appear to be in pain, no more screaming, slept okay last night and is breastfeeding like a champ. He did grab at his ears a few times this am. WWYD? How long should I wait it out? I may put some BM up his nose or do a saline wash to help clear the infection from the inside. Suggestions from you experienced mommas???