My four year old has a major speech impairment. We are beginning a new speech therapy and I got his hearing checked again just to make sure that base was covered. He scored poorly so we were sent to an audiologist and ENT. He was diagnosed with mild hearing loss due to fluid pressure in his ears. The ENT was very mainstream and wrote me a prescription for "something to dry it up" and told me to come back in 6 weeks and he'd make sure it had dried up. He said it is common, can occur again and again, and is usually due to allergies.
I hesitate to give him something to "dry it up"--whatever the medication is won't treat what's CAUSING the fluid in the first place. And if I suppress it I know it can just redirect to another part of his body. He is in no pain and my instinct is to just let it be and trust that his body will clear it out eventually (the audiologist said this problem usually resolves itself by age 6 or 7) BUT, because he is really starting to be traumatized by his total lack of ability to communicate verbally with anyone other than me, daddy, and sister, (due to the speech problem) I feel that maybe it is worth it to treat the symptom if it could help his speech.
BTW, he has never had an ear infection and has no other symptoms of allergies.
Has anyone experienced something like this and effectively treated it w/o drugs? Everything in my homeopathy and self-help books is about ear infections, not chronic fluid.