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Ok... so I'm posting on behalf of a friend whose baby (7 mo) has had an ear infection for the last month. He's been on antibiotics and they switched to something more powerful... Apparently he's just not getting better. The mom said she had tubes put in when she was little, and that one doctor they have seen said based on the way the baby's head is shaped he'll keep getting them in his right ear. This mom has been told by current ped to keep giving motrin and tylenol rotation and even robitussin(?) if my memory serves me correct.<br><br>
Here's what I want to know:<br>
What else have you done for your baby who has that bad of an ear infection for this long?<br><br>
When would you consider getting tubes for your child?<br><br>
I'm going to x-post this, however, I'd appreciate any thoughts and opinions... the basic "What would you do" would be greatly appreciated!
 

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nak<br><br>
i'm a new mom so i'm not very experienced in this. however, i've heard other mothers here recommend chiropratics or cranial sacral therapy (we loved cst for our dd) for long term ear infections. she could also check out a holistic doctor if she wanted a second opinion.
 

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The new regulations for treating ear infections is to just run their course. It's not unusual for ear infections to last 6-8 weeks. Your friend could use Garlic/Mullein Oil drops for ear infections.<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/articles/growing_child/child_health/earache-remedies.html" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/articles/gr...-remedies.html</a><br><br>
One thing to look into is WHY he is getting the infections....<br>
I don't know if this is applicable, but if baby has bottles, she will want to avoid baby laying flat on his back to have the bottle. Babies eustachian tubes are very narrow and straight, not allowing fluid to drain properly.<br>
Also, dairy intolerances can lead to infections. As a child, dairy intolerance was not recognized and that caused my ear infections, though that wasn't realized until much later. As an adult, if I have too much dairy I can feel and ear infections begin.<br><br>
I agree with the PP, as to checking into chiropractic care. It's a wonderful therapy for any ear infections.<br><br>
I would NOT get tubes. I had several sets as a child and wish that I hadn't.
 

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There are some infections that just won't go away on their own w/out tubes. Some infections cause so much buildup and it's so thick that draining the ear is the only way to stop it. My oldest got tubes at almost 3 for one of these infections, he was on 6 different abx and still had an infection when they put the tubes. He's had no problems since then. Evan had tubes put in at 7 mos b/c of constant EIs from his reflux. His ears have drained a lot since the surgery so the tubes have helped a lot. He's had them for almost 2 yrs now so we have to see the DR soon about what we'll do. Ilana is on EI #4 now, she also has reflux so we'll see what happens w/ her. I had tubes as a child and so did my brother, so I know just bad genes is part of the problem as far as tube shape goes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
ETA: When did they start solids? Could there be an allergy to something he's eating that has caused this? Dairy allergies are a popular cause of EIs, but I would think that it might've started sooner than 6 mos.
 

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Yeah, this is what I heard too. From what I read, it is possible for the flow of lymph fluid to be impeded and that could cause chronic ear aches. CST is supposed to fix it.
 

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When my daughter was about 7 months, she had an ear infection which lasted several months with ear tubes already in place! She had several rounds of antibiotics and they didn't work. I finally took her to a homeopath, and within two weeks her ears cleared up and she's been fine since (she's now two).
 

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My DS had 11 ear infections the first 10 months of his life. We TRIED everything. Homeopathic remedies and antibiotics and everything. Ear tubes are the only thing that have worked for us. They have been a miracle for us. My DH had ear infections when he was little too. The doc said white boys are more susceptible than females and POC. So we have genetics against us. Anyhow, not much help here... just saying that for us ear tubes were a godsend.
 

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I would never use abx for ear infections.<br><br>
If I were in a position where I had tried everything natural and it didn't work, I would as a last resort go with the ear tubes but I would never use abx for ear infections.<br><br>
Here are some of the things I would try first:<br><br><a href="http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=406779" target="_blank">http://mothering.com/discussions/sho...d.php?t=406779</a>
 

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Thank you for all of these great responses. It is so encouraging to hear all the options for this. I have let my friend know the things you all have suggested, and I'm letting her take it from there.<br><br>
Best wishes,<br>
Heidi
 
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