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My ds has been referred to see an ear/nose/throat specialist for the possibility of getting tubes in his ears. He has had chronic ear infections that turn into month long odreals.<br><br>
Any insight?<br><br>
I don't really know what I think about a surgical procedure like this. I want the infections to stop and my doc really does think its attributed to his ears not draining correctly.<br>
I have tried homeopathic remedies (earache tabs, garlic etc) and none have worked.
 

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there is many things you can still do before giving him surgery.<br><br>
have you looked into milk-sensitivities? I've heard that too much milk products in a kids diet can create way too much mucus in the body, and that is why lots of kids get ear infections.<br><br>
he must be sensitive to something in his diet, I'm guessing.<br><br>
fenugreek, is the herb to use for mucus dispersal.
 

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I have never looked into milk sensitivites. I kinda assumed that he didn't have any problems with it because he isn't gassy or bloated ever. He does consume alot of dairy. It isn't something I could take from his diet very easily. He no longer breastfeeds and has about 24oz of milk a day from bottles.
 

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Have you tried eliminating dairy? I would try that first, and then go from there. I am sure that a lot of wise mamas on here will have some answers for you. I hope that you are able to avoid it.<br><br>
We ended up having to get the tubes with my DD. It was very scary, but it went well and she has done much better since having them.
 

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Have you tried chiropractic care? I know this past summer I was in major pain and I went in for an adjustment and my chiro manipulated a certain spot and I could instantly feel my ears draining.<br><br>
Our chiro specializes in families and has great success w/ chronic ear infections in kids. HTH and good luck!
 

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I would definately eliminate the dairy. It is very possible to have a dairy allergy/sensitivity without having any digestive system upset. Dairy allergies are one of the main causes of reaccurant ear infections. I know you said it would be difficult to eliminate dairy form his diet, but there are many alternatives to try. Soymilk, rice milk, etc. If your ds gets tubes and still has the dairy allergy, itis possible taht the tubes will not solve the problem. Please, before taking such a big step as surgery, eliminate any other possible causes for the ear infection.
 

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I would eliminate dairy. My ds1 got tubes in his ears at 9 mos. But if I hadn't been an ignorant young mom and listed to my ignorant ped, who told me that ds couldn't react to things *I* was eating, then he most vertainly wouldn't have needed them. He had a bigtime dairy sensitivity as well as being allergic to soy (has anaphylaxis to soy once.) He also had bad eczema. Does your ds have eczema, or have a runny nose a lot? THose are also signs of food allergies.
 

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my 5-year old has recently seen an ENT specialist who is recommending tubes due to fluid in both ears. there doesn't seem to be any sign of infection, but there is some hearing loss. we don't have immediete concern about this because his vocab is already well-developed and ahead of the curve for his age. if he were younger, i might be more concerned.<br><br>
our family friend/doctor said to wait at least a month and exhaust the alternatives first. she has seen great success in her practice with kids being treated with acupuncture for ear infections/fluid. she also has personal experience with her daughter having recurrent tonsilitis - she was scheduled for surgery, but decided in the meantime to eliminate dairy....it worked like a charm. tonsilitis went away for good, surgery was cancelled.<br><br>
based on my research and her and our ped's advice, <b>here's what we're trying first:</b><br>
eliminate wheat and dairy for at least three weeks.<br>
acupuncture with a pediatric specialist<br>
combination chiropractic/craniosacral therapy. he's only had one appointment so far, but the doc is very optimistic that it will release the cranium and drain the fluid. she is very experienced with this particular situation in kids.<br>
boost immune system with daily dose of elderberry/echinacea for the next week (he's currently got a cold, as does everyone else we know)<br>
twice daily saline nose flushes (ped recommends more, but he won't tolerate more than this!)<br><br>
we're doing it all at once, so i guess i won't really know what worked if the fluid goes away. but all we care about right now is avoiding surgery!<br><br>
good luck to you and your little one!!
 

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My son was recommended for tubes at 18 months.<br>
I eliminated dairy (and wheat/gluten actually), started chiropractic (cranial therapy helps too), stopped treating ear infections with antibiotics, and focused on his immune system. I also did massage to drain his ears. If you can get a hold of one of Dr. Mary Ann Block's books about ear infection treatment before you do tubes. It has lots of great information on tubes, treating ear infections, and massages to drain the ears. I got one through inter-library loan.<br>
Sometimes tubes are needed and I would have used them for my son if what we tried failed. But after repeated and antibiotic resistant nearly constant ear infections from 13 to 18 months he has only had one from 18 months to 3 years (it was caused by Hib bacteria so not your standard ear infection). That one was treated and cleared without antibiotics and I had a tympanogram afterward and it was perfect. The massage, cranial/chiropractic really does clear ears. So there are other things you can do to try to help and I do recommend Dr. Block's books.
 

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btw, I don't regret getting the tubes. It wasn't a big deal and once they came out, there was no scarring. Couldn't tell he'd ever had them. I just wish I'd tried dietary things sooner.
 

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I was coming here to ask the same thing.<br><br>
I have a 4 year old that just got an ENT referral on Wednesday. We've tried decongestants, antibiotics, garlic oil and chiropractic. So far, no luck.<br><br>
Like mommajubilee, my son is older and has a well developed vocabulary and is not in any pain from the fluid -- but he does say HUH? a lot so I know it's affecting his hearing.<br><br>
He has an appointment with an allergist on the 21st and I will discuss the possibility of a dairy sensitivity/ allergy. I have a strong suspicion that could be the cause. He has a severe peanut allergy, eczema, and constant nasal congestion. Now to see so many of you mention it, I really start thinking about it.<br><br>
I'm just not ready for tubes --we've made it this far -- surely he'll outgrow this soon!!
 

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two of my three kids have gotten tubes, I have been pretty happy with the results, my 3 yo currently has them and when she was tested her hearing was being affected-only by the fluid and cloggy stuff in her ears, but it seemed to me to be impeading her speech a little. Anyway, now whenever she has the sniffles or a cough, she gets fluid drainage from her ears, I cant imagine all that gunk clogging up her ears. If the dietary changes dont do it, even though it is scary, i think it is a good thing.<br><br>
jenny
 
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