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I am getting worried about my 6 yo dd. She has been sick pretty much since Thanksgiving. She was down with a fever that whole weekend. After that, she had a cough for a while. All the while she's very stuffed up. Around new year's she got sick again, ran a fever for several days, was sick enough that I took her to the ped and she missed a whole week of school. She had strep and an ear infection. I agreed to abx to which she had an allergic reaction. We stopped the abx of course, and did not start another one. She was better but still very stuffed up, coughing. Since the strep/ear infection she's not hearing well - I attribute that to fluid in her ears. Yesterday her ear hurt a lot and she's really not hearing well at all. She is still extremely stuffed up. She has been active but complains about getting tired. She was awake for about 3 hours last night.
What to do? I am concerned about the hearing and the potential for hearing loss. She refuses garlic oil in her ears but will sometimes use warm compresses. I give her an EFA supplement as well as a whole food supplement, occasionally a daily vit, and vit C, extra when sick. Oh, and a probiotic.
Does it sound like an allergy? She's been blood tested for food allergies and does have a few sensitivities (to things she largely avoids).
Just a really really sick virus she can't shake? What would my ped likely say at this point? I am thinking of taking her back in this week.
My ds is in similar shape except he hasn't been really sick or had a fever. He is chronically stuffed up too. He failed a hearing test at his preschool last fall. We followed up at our ped and he still had fluid a month later so he hasn't been re-tested for hearing yet.
How do I get this fluid out of thier ears? How serious is it?
I guess I've reached that mommy point where the worry won't let go and I'd love to hear any advice or suggestions anyone has.