My 34 mos old daughter ahd tubes put in her ears when she was 13 mos old. What prompted the tubes was chronic ear infections with fluid build up. She wasn't babbling and she wasn't even acting like she was going to walk.
In her first year, we discovered she had a lactose intolerance and had to switch to lactose free formula. When she was 10 mos we introduced her to whole cow's milk with the formula and she seemed ok. But we noticed the ear infections increased and she had constant goop from her tear ducts in her eyes and her nose ran much more than usual. We tried Soy milk and things cleared up. Went back to cow's milk and the goop happened again. Eventually, we put her completely on Soy milk until she was around 18 months old. By then the cow's milk seemed ok.
And ever since birth, my daughter coughs a lot at night when she tries to sleep. This is without fail.
We had the tubes put in at 13 mos and her babbling was the best sound I ever heard. And she was walking within a week.
Since the tubes have been in place, she still continued to have ear infections. Copious amounts of fluid would drain from her ears and I would clean them out with a mixture of luke war water and peroxide and then put the ear drops antibiotic (Floxin) in her ears. They would clear up. ABout 3 months later, we'd go through it again. She's still on cow's milk.
She's in the throws of another ear infection right now. High fever and copious amounts of fluid. I was cleaning the ear out, like I usually do and the ear tube popped out. We went to the pediatrician and she prescribed Cefuroxime oral antibiotics for the infection since the tube fell out.
She's had a hearing test this summer and she was within normal limits.
My questions are this:
When I go to the ENT again in regards to this tube falling out, is he going to suggest another tube?
Might the cow's milk be an issue instigating the ear infections and the fluid build-up?
Do children with chronic ear infections likes this suffer speech delays? Her speech is very difficult to understand.
Is the cough indicative of a possible adenoid issue? We've never had a throat problem with her.
Is it too early to get her allergy tested?
Thank you so much,