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My 16 month old DD has her fourth ear infection in three months. Before that she never had an ear infection, and in fact was only sick once. We do not eat dairy and she has not received antibiotics for any of the ear infections. I treated the first two with garlic mullein ear drops and homeopathics, the last one with hydrogen peroxide in the ear, and so far with this one just hydrogen peroxide as well. I don't understand why she keeps getting ear infections!
 

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Might have something to do with how her ear tubes are formed and she will most likely outgrow it.<br><br>
Hang in there. You are doing a great job.<br><br>
Did you or your dh have the same problem in childhood? It's generally genetic.<br><br>
Was it actually diagnosed as 'ear infection' or is there fluid trapped behind the ear that needs to drain?<br><br>
Some kids also get swollen ear tubes when they get sick and have a sore throat, so that could also be the cause and she will outgrow it as well.
 

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I had a great experience taking dd to my chiro. Between 11 and 16 months she had 6 ear infections. After her second visit to the chiro she hasn't had another one. My ped was thrilled with the results, she had been talking tubes a few weeks before.
 

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Is it possible she's always had frequent ear infections and it's just that now she's getting old enough to let you know?<br><br>
My dd and my ds both have/had numerous ear infections and 9 times out of 10 they never showed any signs of having one.
 

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Did you or your dh have the same problem in childhood? It's generally genetic.<br><br>
Was it actually diagnosed as 'ear infection' or is there fluid trapped behind the ear that needs to drain?<br><br>
Some kids also get swollen ear tubes when they get sick and have a sore throat, so that could also be the cause and she will outgrow it as well.</div>
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I had a lot of ear infections as a young child (but also had antibiotics for them all and likely had an undiagnosed dairy intolerance as well).<br><br>
I've only taken her to the doctor (naturopath) once, for the first one, and she said the eardrum was bright red. She didn't mention anything about fluid in the ear.<br><br>
Unless she's not having symptoms, she's only been sick/had a cold with the first ear infection. With the others she's only had the ear infection symptoms, no runny nose, coughing, or any other indications of other illness.
 

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I had a great experience taking dd to my chiro. Between 11 and 16 months she had 6 ear infections. After her second visit to the chiro she hasn't had another one. My ped was thrilled with the results, she had been talking tubes a few weeks before.</div>
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Maybe I should try that...it was just a chiropractor you went to, not a cranialsacral therapist?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Is it possible she's always had frequent ear infections and it's just that now she's getting old enough to let you know?<br><br>
My dd and my ds both have/had numerous ear infections and 9 times out of 10 they never showed any signs of having one.</div>
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I suppose, but she runs a fever and gets clingy and tired every time, and that never happened before the first diagnosed ear infection. How do you know your kids had ear infections if they never showed signs of having them?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I suppose, but she runs a fever and gets clingy and tired every time, and that never happened before the first diagnosed ear infection. How do you know your kids had ear infections if they never showed signs of having them?</div>
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With my dd she had a lot of respiratory issues and saw a doctor quite a few times within a few months period. She had an ear infection every time. We also took her for her WBV's and she routinely had ear infections then as well.<br><br>
Ds has been in quite a bit for a few different tests(MRI, MRA) and has ear infections every time as well. I actually can tell now when he has an infection but he's had enough for me to spot the differences in his behavior even though he doesn't run a fever or pull on his ear.
 

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The right chiro can do wonders. Ours showed me a little move to drain the ears...it is so important for us. I've done both cranial and chiro. In both cases you need someone who knows how to open up those ears. The person should be able to show you things to do at home to keep the fluid out (massage and ear work). My son tends toward them too...so making sure to keep the fluid out is key. If I'm reading right, though, and she is having ear infections without a preceeding cold I'd be investigating other things. Particularly reflux--a cause of ear fluid without colds. Also allergies.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The right chiro can do wonders. Ours showed me a little move to drain the ears...it is so important for us. I've done both cranial and chiro. In both cases you need someone who knows how to open up those ears. The person should be able to show you things to do at home to keep the fluid out (massage and ear work). My son tends toward them too...so making sure to keep the fluid out is key. If I'm reading right, though, and she is having ear infections without a preceeding cold I'd be investigating other things. Particularly reflux--a cause of ear fluid without colds. Also allergies.</div>
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The naturopath I saw showed me how to do ear massages but I'm not sure they really help. Is it recommended to do them even when she doesn't have an ear infection? (She's not too keen on having them done after she starts feeling better.)<br><br>
She does have ear infections w/o a cold first (except for the first time). As far as I can tell she doesn't have reflux or silent reflux--she doesn't have any of the symptoms except occasionally gulping a bit which could be spitting up and then swallowing it back down, but could be hiccuping, hard to tell. She has quite a few food allergies/intolerances but AFAIK I've caught all of them...although I can't quite get her eczema to clear up so perhaps if I can figure out the cause of that the ear infections will go away as well.
 

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Chiropractic care is essential!<br>
She has subluxation of her neck and with a few adjustments, the infection will go away, without antibiotics! We see a chiropractor who has been studying this situation for over 30 yrs. When their necks come out of alignment, (from something as simple as sleeping in a funny position) the pressure can pinch the ear drainage tubes into the neck- hence causing a pool of ear wax and substance to form, and bacteria love warm, moist, still places- so...there is the infection. The antibiotics will kill the infection, but with an adjustment, the cause will be eliminated..And she will no longer have dis-ease!<br>
My 3 kids have never ever ever had an ear infection. 4.5 yrs of adjustments here.<br>
all my best!
 

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See, we get adjusted every 3 weeks now (we used to be on a weekly schedule and then moved to every other week, and so on) and I just love my chiro. Yet even he can't get rid of my son's ear infections.<br><br>
Jayce is off of dairy, is medicated for allergies and reflux, didn't have any ear infections as a baby (except one), yet has had constant ear infections for 6 months now. We do garlic muellin drops as well.<br><br>
Any advice would be great! After two times of bursting eardrums and a screaming two year old with constant ear pain, I am willing to try anything!
 
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