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Ear tube in 34 mos old fell out during ear infection

  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 9, 2006
  • 07:40 PM


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,
Concerned Mom

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  • You may want to research the effect of cow's milk on the mucous membranes. I was once told by my chiropractor to eliminate cow's milk when my son was congested. Apparently, cow's milk will make the mucous thicker. Also, ask the ENT what the effect is from repeated tube insertions. My son developed cholesteatomas in both ears. Repeated tube insertions may have been the cause. Hope this helps you out a little bit.
    CJC Mom 1 Replies
    • November 13, 2006
    • 05:52 PM
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  • In some children the eustachian tubes that go from inside the ear to the throat are flat and don't work. So behind the eardrum is a wet and warm and perfect for a bacterial infection. When you drink milk or icecream it thickens the mucus and makes the eustachian tubes work even less. I was one of these children, seven sets of tubes (and I still have one in from age 16 and now I am 32). My hearing is perfect because I had the tubes in place. I had literally 300+ infections. The tubes saved me from needing plastic eardrums put in. My grandmother was deaf at age 13. I think a lot of it has to do with anatomy - small drain tubes, and allergy or illness- anything that can cause inflammation can close up the ears and they need air. Suggestions: put finger directly under the ear and gently massage down and along jawline to promote e. tube drainage. Reduce inflammation! Do this by maybe having allergy testing over age 2, I guess under age 2 everyone is allergic to everything. Give decongestants at first sign of upper respitory infection. AND most children grow out of this by I think age 5 because the anatomy of the head grows and changes. One of my children had a set of tubes at age 4. Another of my children, at age 4, had facial paralysis due to fluid pressure on his facial nerve running by his ear - sort of had an emergency surgery & tube very scary - but he is fine. Myself and my children have had ear problems beginning at age 4. I would think that since your child is so young, maybe she will outgrow any anatomy problems!
    Angst2Amity 12 Replies
    • November 16, 2006
    • 06:52 PM
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  • My son is 18 months and he had the same problems as your daughter.My son goes in tomorrow to have tubes put in. He was allergic to his formula also and soy based milk too so he was put on Alimentum and at 10 months I put him on Cows milk and he seemed fine with except for the earinfections. So reading your post made me wonder if it is the cows milk I am going to ask the doctor tomorrow before his surgury.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 6, 2006
    • 00:52 AM
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  • www.hpakids.org/holistic-health/articles/53/1/Ear-Infectionshttp://www.hpakids.org/holistic-health/articles/53/1/Ear-Infections This website talks about the issue of allergies to dairy products causing ear infections to be worse. You may want to check it out.
    lynnwalden 20 Replies
    • December 6, 2006
    • 04:27 AM
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