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Hi there. I have an 8 mo. old ds who is currently on antibiotics for an ear infection. This afternoon my 3 y.o. dd told me her ear hurt. She's been kinda whiney and... not as active today.
Do any mamas out there have experience NOT using antibiotics for an ear infection? Did it clear up okay?

This weekend we visited my mom and stepdad (both drs.). My stepdad says to me "you know, they did a study in Sweden that showed that antibiotics shortened the duration of ear infections by only half a day and they don't prescribe them there anymore". He said this in response to my ds being on them.
Hmmmm? Sooooooo, what do I do about dd? I gave her some motrin. She's not crying in pain... in fact, she didn't even tell me her ear hurt until I asked if her ear hurt.
To make sure she wasn't falling under my power of suggestion I asked her which one hurt... and then later asked her which one again and she consistently answered the same one.
What would you do?
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a friend jsut sent me this link about an antibiotic and autism.
I personally wait things out.

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i take my children to the chiropractors for ear infections. they never get them any more, though. but ds has had 1 and never been on antibiotics and dd has had 3-4 that she has gotten over without antibiotics.
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We used to use antibiotics (but no autism here) but stopped around age two when we our awesome family practice doc helped us see the light! He did a lot of waiting and watching and tylenol dosing for pain relief, and that seemed to lessen the frequency of the infections. As he said, many times it's a viral thing, not bacterial. My daughter hasn't had one in about two years since (knock on wood).

I've had problems with ear infections throughout my life. They are EXTREMELY painful, I will say, for me - so I would mostly look at pain relief and monitoring for other side effects.

Here's a good article on it from Dr. Sears

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T081600.asp

"New research is suggesting that 80% of uncomplicated ear infections will resolve within 4 to 7 days without antibiotics. Parents who choose not to use antibiotics can treat the pain and fever with Auralgan anesthetic ear drops and ibuprofen or acetominophen. "
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and then there are the children like my son who are struck with an ear infection at 10 months and it doesn't clear. It lasts and lasts and lasts. Almost four months later when his ears were still ragingly infected and swollen with fluid, when his babbling had decreased dramatically to the point of just three sounds and not a lot of varying pitch and he tipped over all the time due to his ears being so full of fluid, we opted to have tubes put in his ears.

The tubes lasted nearly 17 months before they fell out. In just one day his balance was markedly better. In three days we noticed his speech picking up. In two months he was saying single words, by 18 months (four months after the tubes) he was speaking in 2-3 word sentences.

I caution you strongly, really really strongly, if you are going to wait out an ear infection at time when a child is starting to do so much verbalizing and moving (my son learned to walk about one month into the infection) as well as teethiing, be really careful that you monitor his responses to auditory stimuli. Even have his hearing checked if you have coverage to do so. Fluid build up can cause serious hearing impairment in some children and that can lead ot serious delays in speech and socialization if it is left unchecked.
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For an older child I might try to ride it out, give some sudafed to help with drainage, and leave it for a day or so unless there's severe pain. You don't want it to rupture-- it scars the eardrum and can lead to hearing loss if you get too many ruptures. I know a mom whose dd has permanent partial hearing loss for this reason and she still has speech issues. However older children have ears and sinuses that drain better. Babies and toddlers have a harder time getting rid of the infections on their own, esp. if their immune system is down.

Even without ruptures, as pp said, you can have hearing loss in the younger ones that can affect speech and development. I noticed that when dd2 got her ear tubes in after 11 infections in a row, she startled at normal household noises, and some sounds came in that she had not been making before. It was amazing to think that she was not hearing those normal noises before.

Anyway, when dd1 gets infections I try to ride it out and treat with sudafed. If dd2 gets them I am aggressive about getting it treated right away with antibiotics.

Never ever give Benedryl to a child with an ear or sinus infection! It is often a hidden ingredient in cold meds so watch out. It will make the fluid in the ear very thick and then it's hard to drain out. It will just sit there in the ear and become more infected.

If they keep getting them, you might want to investigate the possibility of hay fever allergies. My dd1 never had any EI until the last year and then she got 2. My friend's dd is the same way-- she's 6 and is now getting ear infections. Both girls have hay fever.

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Yes, of course - if it doesn't clear, even our other doc used antibiotics (this is after maybe 3-5 days). I actually had so many recurrent ear infections and ruptures as a child that I had tubes too; and as an adult had part of my eardrum replaced (gore-tex is some amazing stuff) due to ongoing issues and blasting away 1/3 of it. My ear-nose-throat specialist at the university said that there was a lot of controversy now over tubes; and that at some point I'd have to get the other ear done too, once it finally craps out. I can't hear very well out of it now.

I'm not sure what to think - I was heavily loaded with antibiotics from an early age - so I hoped that my daughter wouldn't suffer as well if I tried to get off that road early on. I also BF for a really long time, maybe that helped, maybe not. I don't know. All I really know is that ear infections are horribly painful and why pain medication was invented...
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I have used herbal ear oil on myself a couple of times for ear infections. I get it at theherbalist.com but I have seen similar remedies for kids and adults at the healthy food stores. Here is info from the herbalist's website.

Herbal Ear Oil
Soothing Antibiotic Remedy

Good for children and adults, this blend of herbal oils soothes the pain and irritation of earaches, and destroys bacteria and fungus usually associated with ear infections, clogged ear passages, and congestion. Effective for loosening ear wax and for swimmer's ear.
Complementary Therapy: For children with infections, use with
Kid’s Choice and for adults, use with Sinutone.

INGREDIENTS: Pure essential oil of Garlic, herbal oils of selectively wildcrafted Mullein flower and fresh St. John's Wort flower tops, organically grown Calendula flower, in a base of cold-pressed Olive oil.
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It is so hard to balance. I wanted to add that with my son we tried no meds, then we tried meds, then we tried different meds, then he was allergic so we tried another, then we tried a low mainteance type approach. Nothing worked to clear the fluid and reduce the pain he was obviously in.

Me, I've never ever had an ear infection. I think I had an ear ache once as a child and it was pretty brutal. Dh's family is fraught with ear problems (from infections to significant hearing problems).... He assures me they are nasty and painful. Just be careful and have it monitored by a dr (or even a specialist) if you are waiting it out.
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Just today at lunch I was commenting to my friend that this is the first ear infection I've gotten in my life (completely unable to hear on my left side right now) and that I don't recommend them. She told me about getting an *inner* ear infection, she actually fell over and couldn't walk for a week.

Your poor babies have my deepest sympathy, I can't imagine going through this and not being able to control anything.
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hi,
Just thought I would mention I get ear infections/aches and sometimes it is allergy/sinus trouble. If I take a decongestant that seems to help...not always but often it helps. I heard a doctor suggest a few drops of olive oil in the childs ear on a regular basis will help keep them away. There are natural things you can try I would suggest you do a search on the net. Please be aware though that chronic untreated ear infections can lead to permanent hearing loss.
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I would also not suggest putting ear drops in a ruptured ear drum (you'd know, blood would come out of the ear). Based on experience. Garlic was super ouch. But I think before that, it's all good.
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I believe that the current policy is to wait it out with kids 2 and older. My son had one ear infection, at 23 mos., and we chose not to use antibiotics. We did use prescription ear drops for the pain and that was all he needed- we did the first drops at the doctor's office and he felt great by the time we left. This was after 4-5 days of sickness and pain- about 2 days later we stopped doing the drops and it seemed to be gone. I would definitely wait at least a week before using antibiotics with a child around 2 or older, but highly recommend the drops over an oral pain reliever.
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Hi there. I have an 8 mo. old ds who is currently on antibiotics for an ear infection. This afternoon my 3 y.o. dd told me her ear hurt. She's been kinda whiney and... not as active today.
Do any mamas out there have experience NOT using antibiotics for an ear infection? Did it clear up okay?

This weekend we visited my mom and stepdad (both drs.). My stepdad says to me "you know, they did a study in Sweden that showed that antibiotics shortened the duration of ear infections by only half a day and they don't prescribe them there anymore". He said this in response to my ds being on them.
Hmmmm? Sooooooo, what do I do about dd? I gave her some motrin. She's not crying in pain... in fact, she didn't even tell me her ear hurt until I asked if her ear hurt.
To make sure she wasn't falling under my power of suggestion I asked her which one hurt... and then later asked her which one again and she consistently answered the same one.
What would you do?

I've gotten an ear infection every year (at least once) for pretty much my whole life, same for DS. I consider myself an almost-expert on ear infections. I've always taken antibiotics for it because I was under the impression that you "had to" or else they'd keep coming back. Well I always used antibiotics and I'm in my twenties and I still get them SO... finally last year I decided no more doctors and all I do is take OTC painrelievers for a day or two and that's it. DS complained of an ear ache last year, he took one dose of a children's pain reliever and that was the last I heard of it. So far no ear aches this year. IMO, all the antibiotics they give to kids with ear infections are more likely to make it a recurrent problem. I say let the immune system do it's job. Almost all ear infections go away on their own, the important thing is to give pain relief at the first sign because it can be *extremely* painful when it's full blown.
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The other moms have already given you better advice than I can. I just wanted to say that Vitamin C is a natual antibiotic. I had mastitis really bad a few months ago and got rid of it w/ mega doses of C. I try to stay away from antibiotics. I hope your dc feel better soon!
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AndiG, just curious as to whether you tried alternative methods before antibiotics with your ds? There have been studies done that show antibiotics given for ear infections can actually increase the likelihood of recurrent infections and eventual surgery.
That said, we up the Vitamin C, put mullein oil or calendula oil or garlic oil into the ear (olive oil drops work in a pinch) and massage from the front of the ear down to the neck (to help drainage - babies have eustachian tubes that are much more horizontal than adults', which is why they're more prone to infection). For prevention, putting something such as rubbing alcohol or vinegar in the ear right after it gets wet (rain, swimming, crying) helps to dry it out.
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Hi
We did not try alternate methods. We simply attempted to wait it out at first at our dr's suggestion. But, given that our son was ten months old and cut something absurd like 8 teeth (four normal and four molar) between 9.5 and 11 months in the midst of this ear infection and never slept more than 2 or three hours from birth to 16 months and I was returning to work when he was 11.5 months... eventually we just gave in and tried meds. Well they didn't work. They varied meds and doseage levels, fought with one allergic reaction and literally the dr (gp and specialist) were out of options.
I know that for everyone tubes are not 'the' solution. I was really distraught about getting them for him. But we were out of options and at our wits end... At the same time my nephew (then 2.5) was diagnosed with mild to moderate hearing loss as a result of fluid build up in his ears which had been there for six months and was causing significant speech delays which almost 20 months later are STILL being sorted out. So finally we gave in, did the tubes and hoped.

For us, well for him, they were absolutely life changing and I've never regretted him getting them. The only down side of the tubes (and its quite likely not even related) was that our son, who was never a big fan of water as an infant, seemed to miss the window of opportunity for enjoying wading pools without fear. We didn't encourage him a lot that first summer he had tubes because we were so afraid of his ears getting infected again. This summer he was terrified of pools. Spent the whole summer trying to get him to accept that water wasn't scary... to no avail. Finally put him in parented swim lessons starting in mid Sept and he finally is having fun as of two weeks ago. Soooo, maybe if he hadn't had the tubes we might have encouraged him more in the water at one and had a little less fright for him at two. But I'm not sure they're related.

He did have ear draining infections twice with the tubes but they were cleared up quickly with antibiotics.....

Now we take it day by day and hope that he can have a winter with clear ears... or mostly clear ears.... If they reinfect we'll look at alternative options more closely.
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thanks for all the responses! I've printed this off to keep for the next time we're dealing with ear infections.
I have a question though... if infections consist of fluid in the ears that won't drain, how does putting drops/oil etc. in there HELP? Seems like it would only make matters worse. Especially the oil to me... seems counter-intuitive. Plus, olive oil, or anything else "foodish" seems like it would just give those little germies something more to feast on??

please explain...
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I don't know for certain - I think part of the theory might be "choking out" the bacteria (depriving it of oxygen), or maybe because oil/wax is the only thing that breaks down oil/wax. I do know that olive oil is used to break down wax buildup commonly.
The suggestions are from Aviva Romm's Naturally Healthy Babies and Children (a great book!)
BTW, I should have also said that she states these methods should start to work within 48 hours. I think there are other suggestions in the book, but I don't have access to it at the moment, so I'm not totally sure. Also, I agree with the pp's who said that chiropractic can be extremely useful in preventing ear infections.
One other thing I forgot to mention is that we always use homeopathics if something becomes neccessary for the pain. I firmly believe that Tylenol, while it may be "effective" for pain control, interferes with the body's natural defense mechanims.
AndiG, that really sucks that your ds had to go through that. That's a lot of teeth in such a short time!!! ITA that the tubes can be very helpful in some cases. It's a shame he needed them, but I'm so glad he's doing better with them.
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nak

if your dc is eating solids, i'd also look at dairy sesitivity/allergy.

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my son had recurring ear infections while teething, we used echinacea for immune support to help fight it off, we see a chiropractor and we used herbal ear drops.. htey have calendula, olive oil, mullein, vitamin E and.. im missing something.. but they work well. I used them with my daughter when she was just a few months old instead of antibiotics and she was fine a couple of weeks later when we had a check at the doc..... my son had several ear infections as a baby and not one since he turned one.. he is now 4 1/2. My daughter never had another one after that one as a baby, she is now 2.

edited to add, the ear drops also include garlic~ i had forgotten about that...good for fighting infection.
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I used that oil (warm is really soothing) when I had an ear infection starting up last year and it was gone within 24 hours.
I had quite alot of pain and was surprised that it worked so quickly!
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My ds had chronic ear infections from 3months to about 18 months. I did use antibiotics for about half of them. I started seeing a NP around 9 mo and then would use homeopathic remedies first. Interesting story here. Towrds the end I was getting pretty over the whole thing and with his last one I finally agreed to see the ENT specialist. He had seen his ped on a wed. and was feeling better by thursday but I took him to the ent on friday. I had not filled the RX the ped had prescribed (b/c he was feeling better). When the ent looked in his ears my son was crying and screaming (pavlovian response) and he said they did look pretty red but then he actually used an instrument (forget the name right now) to measure the tympranic (sp?) membrane to see if there was actual fluid behind the ear--there wasn't. the ent said that there was no way that he had had an infection two days prior that had cleared completely (fluid included) without antibiotics. He then told me that he thought my ped had misdiagnosed the infection and possibly others based on the fact that my son ALWAYS screamed when having his ears looked at. imo he probably had a few raging infections that were so painful that the exam to look in his ears made him cry and that becmae his response everytime! Long story I'm sorry. On the whole tubes thing the more I though about it the more I came to the conclusion taht tubes would be better thazn using antibiotics all the time. Putting tubes in actually helps the body do what it needs to without all the drugs! He hasn't had an infection since--going on almost four years!

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My little guy had a miserable few days this week:
crying a lot, rubbing his ears, sleeping really poorly. Not like him at all.

I expressed a little milk and used a dropper to put some in each of his ears, and (after his initial fury at the hassle) he slept for about four hours, and has been back to his normal, happy self ever since!

Then I got my new issue of Mothering in the mail today, with an article on the wonders of fresh mamamilk!

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My son had lots of ear infections as an infant and toddler and we usually used antibiotics (yuck), but we also did breastmilk in his ear and we tried a chiropractor.

Honestly, I would never hestitate to use antibiotics if there was already a full blown ear infections. They are PAINFUL and it hurt me to see my child in that much pain. Also, once my son had a ruptured ear drum (OUCH) from an ear infection that we didn't catch early enough and he was in alot of pain and I felt awful. He didn't have any hearing loss, but it was scary to see blood coming out of his ear.

I don't mean to scare you, but if your child has a fever and is in pain with an ear infection, I would give him the antibiotics if it was that far along.

Just my 2 cents.
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Edited to add - My son finally got tubes and it was good. No more antibiotics and it solved the cause of the problem (poor drainage). Surgery was not our first choice, but it worked well for our son.
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Moving this to H&H.
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My great-grandma's home remedy:

Take a small cloth bag, fill it with salt and sew it shut. Put it in the oven on about 150 degrees for a few minutes until nice and warm to the touch, and put it against the ear. My guess as to why it works: the warmth is comforting so it's easy to get the kid to use, and the salt and heat drys out the fluid.
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We've gone both routes and for us the no antibiotics route was better. My doctor sited the same Swedish study the OP's father mentioned - ear infections clear up faster without antibiotics. My son never went more than a night maybe two (he only experienced pain at night) and never had a fever. I might think twice if it went longer and/or there was a fever. Warm garlic oil worked really well for us. From my understanding ear infections are a build up of fluids in the ear, trapped because of inflamed tubes caused by an upper respiratory infection. The warmth of the oil relaxes the tubes and the ears drain. The antibacterial properties of the garlic help clear up any nasty germs that might have gathered in the trapped fluid but really if the ears are draining the germs are flushed and the pain is relieved. Also sleeping in an upright position is essential - prop yourself up and lay the child on your chest.
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My 14mth old DS had his first ear and sinus infection last week and he was sooo horribly sick and his fever was between 104-105. He was sick for 2 or 3 wks with a cough, runny nose and just feeling yucky but then his fever came on fast and I took him to the docs, I knew it was an ear infection but I did not want to give him any antbx. She said he had a severe ear and sinus inf. His poor nose was bleeding I decided to give him the meds and his fever broke 2 days after I started them and now he is feeling 98% better.

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