Thursday, January 3, 2013
Ear infections, they are NOT fun.
Yes this is an ear. Most people don't know all the inner workings of an ear. But if you experience ear infections or are a parent of someone who does, you get the ear.
My stepson suffered from ear infections from baby on up to about age 6. At age 6, he ended up having inner ear reconstruction surgery. That was such a HUGE relief. Since then he only gets about one a year. He will be 11.
So when my son started getting them at age 3 months we knew what to expect. Of course we really were hoping that it was just a few and he would grow out of them. My son had them from 3 months up until about 10 months of age, every month. We would barely get it cleared up and then he would have another one. And they were always in both ears. We finally went to the same surgeon my stepson had. We REALLY liked him.
The surgeon knew the family history. He said that it can be hereditary, and ear infections are more common in boys than girls. Would explain a bit why my daughter never had an issue.
At this point, we were going into summer, and with that the summer typically sees less ear infections. We did chose to hold off on tubes for him. He didn't get any in the summer, but come winter we started them up again. We chose tubes and that was such a help for us and for him.
We are now a year later, and he has started with them. We will be heading to the doctor soon to see if the tubes came out, or what is going on.
I really don't like that my little guy might have to get them again. But every time he gets them, I lose about 3 days straight of sleep. I have to walk around with him all night. He will only sleep while being held. But if I sit down, he knows it, and wakes up. Of course he starts them during the week, when it's not feasible for my husband to be up all night. And normally after 3 days the meds have kicked in enough that he doesn't hurt.
I would love to know of any other remedies that someone might have to help with these infections.