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ear infections and allergies

My daughter has had tons of ear infections since her first one (I'd say about 7-9 between the ages of 9 months and 17 months). She also has one food allergy that we know of -- peanuts (a big one). A friend of mine has a child with tons of allergies, and every time she sees that my daughter is suffering from yet another ear infection, she automatically jumps to the allergy thing -- she says I should really get her tested for a whole panel of allergens, that her son got ear infections all the time but they went away when they finally found all the allergens... But my allergist doesn't think she needs any more tests, and both he and my pediatrician don't seem alarmed by all these ear infections. My daughter does not have any other symptoms of additional food allergies -- no skin reactions, normal bowel functioning... Any thoughts? Should I find a new allergist who will do more tests or just assume they're unrelated?

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Asked by EmilySusan at 2:56 PM on Feb. 19, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • It's possible the ear infections are caused by allergies, but I don't know that I would put my child through allergy testing for that. I've had the skin scratch test, and it's not something I would want to put a small child through. Ask your pediatrician about allergies; he/she might suggest an antihistamine like children's Claritin.

    Answer by andrea96 at 3:16 PM on Feb. 19, 2010

  • I heartily recommend you look into these articles:
    This one is by a mom, published in Mother Magazine, about her own experiences with Dr. Incao and caring for her child:

    Healing Crisis: Don’t Worry, Mom, I’m Just Growing

    And these articles offer a very empowering insight into illness. Seriously, read them and get a good general idea about illness, in order to deal with the specific ear issues.

    Understanding Infection: Not a Battle, but a Housecleaning

    The Reason for Childhood Diseases

    Tending the Flame
    “Fever is the purifying flame which renews the body”

    Dr. Incao's site is http://philipincao.c

    Answer by waldorfmom at 3:56 PM on Feb. 19, 2010

  • Both of my children had excessive recurrent ear infections when they were little. My daughter's stopped when she was 1 (stopped drinking from the bottle) but she has excessive allergies, she is 7 now and has been getting weekly allergy injections for the past 2 years. And has only have 2 ear infections in the last 6 years.

    My son on the other hand, had them so bad he had tubes put in his ears at 8 months. The ear infections were getting so bad they were starting to damage his hearing. He is almost 4 (APril) and he has only had one ear infection since the tubes and that was after flying from NY to FL and back again. There may not be a reasonable explanation for a plane ride give him an ear infection but I swear that is what it was from.

    If I were you I would ask to be referred to an ENT and go from there. Serious ear infections can cause a loss of hearing.

    Answer by dolphinz1923 at 4:49 PM on Feb. 19, 2010

  • She may have an intolerance or sensitivity to foods that is causing inflammation. You can ask for a food panel RAST test for IgG. All it takes is a blood draw. Skin prick will only show an actual allergy. It cannot tell you what is going on inside the body.

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 5:38 PM on Feb. 19, 2010

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