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MY son is almost 10 mo and he's had two previous ear infections -- one in July in his left ear and a double ear infection just recently in October. He was on antibiotics both times. It seems like he gets a cold and then gets an ear infection not long after. Well, he just got a cold on Friday and now he's yanking on his ears again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I really want to avoid this cycle of cold ---> ear infection ---> antibiotics ---> lather, rinse, repeat.<br><br>
I have tried breast milk in the ears but it doesn't really seem to help (I did that both times previously and he still ended up with pretty bad infections).<br><br>
What else can I do to get out of this cycle? I bought some goldenseal drops to put in his ears as a preventative measure. Has anyone had success with this?<br><br>
Does anyone have any advice?<br><br>
Should I call his ped tomorrow morning? I want to avoid the germy doctor's office if I can....
 

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Hi babybirkl. I just have a couple things I would like to share from my experience. My daughter will be 3 in January and she's had 2 ear infections. The first time, (at about 16 months) she was extremely lethargic, slept all day only to wake up crying in pain to nurse, then back to sleep. I took her to the doctor because I was very concerned and the doctor said that because she was so ill and her ear looked extremely red and fluid-filled, she highly recommended antibiotics. I gave her the antibiotics and the infection went away and she got better. However, the antibiotics affected her intestinal health even though I was giving her probiotics at the same time. The second time she had an ear infection she was more active but definitely in pain. (This was just after she turned 2) I went to our local natural foods store and found some eardrops with garlic and mullein (sp?) in them and after using that for a few days, plus lots of nursing, vitamin C, echinacea, and probiotics (not to mention major self control on my part to NOT go to the doctor) her immune system did it's job and she healed. A lot of information I've come across says that the great majority of ear infections in children heal without antibiotics in a few days. It's so hard to see your child suffer, but their immune systems need these "workouts" to become stronger, and I believe the human body has great strenth and power to heal itself. Also, if you're still nursing, I suggest nursing as much as your baby wants. Breastmilk has SO many benefits! I can't say how many times I've been so greatful we're still nursing because my daughter wouldn't eat or drink, but because she would nurse she didn't get dehydrated. Obviously, if your child is extremely ill and you really feel it's necessary to take him in, then you should, but follow your instincts. Try giving his immune system a chance. Rest, as much fluid as he will drink, fruit, vitamin C, and tons of love and snuggles can help a lot! Good luck and I hope he feels better soon!<br><br>
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Thanks for the reply. He doesn't seem too miserable -- no fever, somewhat cranky at times but not all the time, mostly happy, mostly nursing okay (just having trouble with his nose being plugged). It does seem to affect his sleep though (not that he has ever been a fantastic sleeper). I might just give it a week and then see how we're doing before taking him to the doctor.<br><br>
I will try the garlic oil/mullein. I had that recommended to me as well.<br><br>
I agree that some docs are too prescription-happy with antibiotics. With his previous two ear infections I kind of wish I had waited to see how things went before rushing to the doctor. It affected his intestinal health as well, even with probiotics, and he got a yeast diaper rash. So I really want to avoid that route again if possible.<br><br>
Thanks again.
 

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If the ear infection is caused by the cold, then it's viral, and therefore antibiotics won't get to the route of the problem.<br><br>
I would go with garlic mullein ear drops, vitamin D, and chiropractic care.
 

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I would go with garlic mullein ear drops, vitamin D, and chiropractic care.</div>
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Not necessarily. The cold causes fluid. If the fluid doesn't drain bacteria can grow and cause an infection. With that being said, most EIs are viral and do not need antibiotics.<br>
Have you cut out dairy? Tried cranio-sacral work?
 
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