4yod has ear infection, but doc holding off on antibiotics...
My 4yod has been sick with a severe cold since last Tuesday night. I've used 30 HOURS of my sick leave here at work, have missed more days these past 7 days alone than I've missed in the five years I've worked here...but I have LOVED staying home to take care of my sweet little sickie girl.
Anyhow, Tuesday she was tugging on her right ear pretty hard, saying it hurt, and by 4:00 p.m. was crying and moaning about it.
I took her in to the doctor this morning who said, "Yep, she's got an ear infection, but with the new rules for prescribing antibiotics, I'm going to have you try to hang in there a bit longer to see if we can heal this naturally." He then explained that peds aren't prescribing antibiotics like they did even a year ago. they're trying to let them heal naturally first.
But he did write a prescription for some numbing drops, which have worked FABULOUSLY!
- have her drink plenty of fluids
- her pee should not be yellow, it should be colorless. If it's yellow, she's not drinking enough fluids. (Neither am I for that matter, lol).
- give her the numbing drops every 2 hours (they've worked like a charm)
- give her a decongestant to help relieve the pressure
- don't have her blow her nose as hard as she's been blowing (it tends to send the infection back into her ear canal rather than blow it out her nose with her dripping sinuses)
- vicks for children on her chest
- a warm bath
I'm pretty happy about this new method of treating infection, actually. He did state that inner city doctors will still prescribe antibiotics as they did in the past because quite a few moms won't bring their child back in, if needed, so they simply start them on a round of antibiotics from the get-go.