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My son has chronic ear infections....Dr. no help!

  • Posted By: kehrig
  • February 25, 2008
  • 00:32 AM

My 8 month old son is constantly suffering from ear infections.:( He was born in June '07 and has had an ear infection in August, September, November, January, and now in February. That's 5 in the past 6 months and I am concerned that he needs to see a specialist and possibly get tubes in his ears. However, my pediatrician is not concerned and will not give me a referral to see an ENT.:mad: Unfortunately b/c of the insurance my son has I cannot go see a specialist w/o his pediatrician's referral. I'm wondering if the frequency of his ear infections could possibly be normal for a baby his age and I should just trust his dr. or do I need to push the issue and demand a referral? None of my other children ever had this many ear infections.

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  • I was just reading through the posts and happened to read this one. I am no doctor, but since I was born, I have had chronic ear infections. I would get them every month and sometime more than once a month. They were so bad that my parents would take me to the ER and they would have to drain all the fluid out of my ears. This went on for a long time. Maybe when I was around 9 or 10 I had tubes put into my ears. The tubes didnt work, after 12 years of having chronic ear infections, they found out I had a hole in my ear drum. They had to do a skin graft to repair the hole. They couldnt repair the whole thing, and I am now 21 years old, and have to still be very carefull not to ever get any water in my ear, because I get ear infections very easily.
    pinkstarburst 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • My 8 month old son is constantly suffering from ear infections.:( He was born in June '07 and has had an ear infection in August, September, November, January, and now in February. That's 5 in the past 6 months and I am concerned that he needs to see a specialist and possibly get tubes in his ears. However, my pediatrician is not concerned and will not give me a referral to see an ENT.:mad: Unfortunately b/c of the insurance my son has I cannot go see a specialist w/o his pediatrician's referral. I'm wondering if the frequency of his ear infections could possibly be normal for a baby his age and I should just trust his dr. or do I need to push the issue and demand a referral? None of my other children ever had this many ear infections. Are you breastfeeding or are you using formula? Any foods - which ones are you feeding him? Have you introduced whole milk yet? (sure hope not) The fact is, any ENT or pediatrician is NOT going to get to the bottom of this problem, and the cause could very well be a food intolerance. If your son has had repeated courses of antibiotics then you should through candida overload into the mix. How are his stools? Does he have a lot of gas? Does he have chronic nasal discharge? Please consider a good pediatric naturopath, homeopath, or NAET practitioner to help your son. IMO homeopathy works brilliantly for babies and children. Very safe and VERY effective. I have used Hyland's earach formula and Traumeel's Ear formula very successfully on my children when they had an ear infection. The trick to these formulas is to use them frequently at the acute onset, then taper to the recommended dose. If your son has had a lot of antibiotics, then I recommend Threelac and a good PROBIOTIC to help get his intestinal flora back in balance. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi,I happen to know what is most likely going on with your son. He is gluten intolerant (otherwise known as "celiac") It is more common than a dairy intolerance....when you are eating grains you are ingesting the protein gluten...if you are intolerant, then you become nutrient deprived and are unable to fight off infection. I sincerely hope you read this post and get your son tested for gluten intolerance (go to a naturopath doctor!)...because his infections could go away with a change in diet. Beware of tubes! I had chronic ear infections, bladder infections, urinary tract infections as a child...and NOT ONE DOCTOR ever mentioned gluten intolerance and since going gluten free...I have regained my ability to fight off infection and no longer live on antibiotics! For the sake of your poor son...please consider going gluten free!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi, I happen to know what is most likely going on with your son. He is gluten intolerant (otherwise known as "celiac") It is more common than a dairy intolerance....when you are eating grains you are ingesting the protein gluten...if you are intolerant, then you become nutrient deprived and are unable to fight off infection. I sincerely hope you read this post and get your son tested for gluten intolerance (go to a naturopath doctor!)...because his infections could go away with a change in diet. Beware of tubes! I had chronic ear infections, bladder infections, urinary tract infections as a child...and NOT ONE DOCTOR ever mentioned gluten intolerance and since going gluten free...I have regained my ability to fight off infection and no longer live on antibiotics! For the sake of your poor son...please consider going gluten free! Yes, gluten is definitely a possibility. I had almost exactly the same symptoms as you had as a child, and it took me nearly 40 years to discover I had severe dairy intolerances, and after NAET treatments I no longer have any issues with dairy! NAET is fantastic and changed my life. I am now a practitioner. A NAET practitioner can determine through muscle testing if the problem is gluten, dairy, candida, or even bacterial or viral in nature. Please research this nondrug, noninvasive treatment. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • My daughter went through the same thing, one ear infection after another and when she was 1 1/2 they put tubes in her ears. It worked until the tubes fell out about 6 months later. She started getting ear infections again and they wanted to put tubes in again. I swore I would not put her through another surgery without exhausting other methods.A friend mentioned Chiropractic care and although I was skeptical I took my daughter to a chiropractor. She was 2 1/2 at the time and after 3 or 4 visits she keep saying 'itchy neck'. The next time I took her in I asked the doctor if her 'itchy neck' meant anything and she told me my daughters neck muscles were starting to heal. I must have looked confused and the doctor said to me that she would love to be able to treat every baby as soon as they were born. It made sense. I remembered how the doctor was pulling and turning my daughter while delivering her. I can't remember how many times we went, maybe 8 but when I took her to her regular doctor for her checkup, he was pleased she had not had an ear infection for so long. I mentioned that I had been taking her to a chiropractor. He actually got angry and told me I was wasting my time and money. I told him I appreciated his opinion but it appears to have worked. My daughter is 13 years old now and has not had an ear infection since I took her to a chiropractor. I'm not saying there may not be other issues with your child, but if your insurance covers chiropractic care, at least try it. Even if they don't, it would be worth trying before another surgery.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • You must demand a second opinion from another peditrician. All insurance pays for this, I believe. Before you select one, try to get a personal referral from someone you trust. I'd compile a list of good ones my friends/ fam use and be ready with it when you get a list of approved physicians from your insurance. My son is 14 months and we just discovered that for at least the last 3 1/2 months he's had an ear infection that has now developed into mastoiditis, an infection in the bone near the ear, that can result in brain damage or death. My son's pediatrician failed to notice his infection during the last FIVE visits. Be pushy. Don't risk your baby's health because you're afraid of offending someone. Best of luck. P.S.- If your insurance or whatever isn't moving fast enough to suit you, bite the bullet and take your child to an ENT anyway. They'll make you a great deal if you pay cash, and you can even try to submit it to your insurance company afterward and maintain that your actions were necessary for the wellbeing of your child. If you fight hard enough, you'll win. (Involve an attorney if you're sufficiently motivated.) And this way your kid gets the medical attention needed, as soon as possible. Whatever you do, follow your gut. Get your kid to the doc.My 8 month old son is constantly suffering from ear infections.:( He was born in June '07 and has had an ear infection in August, September, November, January, and now in February. That's 5 in the past 6 months and I am concerned that he needs to see a specialist and possibly get tubes in his ears. However, my pediatrician is not concerned and will not give me a referral to see an ENT.:mad: Unfortunately b/c of the insurance my son has I cannot go see a specialist w/o his pediatrician's referral. I'm wondering if the frequency of his ear infections could possibly be normal for a baby his age and I should just trust his dr. or do I need to push the issue and demand a referral? None of my other children ever had this many ear infections.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Definiately get your son in to see a specialist... whether it's his current doctor that refers you, or someone else... I used to get a lot of ear infections as a child. And let me put it this way: Learning sign language as a young adult isn't so much fun.
    ArkanSass 17 Replies Flag this Response
  • Medically, you definitely have the right to get to an ENT/Otologist office. Threaten the doctor with reporting him to the medical board and to insurance board. I am a Dr. of Audiology, and there could be multiple causes of these Chronic problems. Push hard. Speech disorders occur, neural development problems occur from lack of stimulation on the hearing nerves.... There could be something serious -- get in to an ENT asap please. Medical assistance for this child is very necessary. I don't want to say things to scare you, but just believe that serious things can be developing or have developed possibly, and ears are way too close to the brain to mess around with chronic ear conditions.
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