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What is wrong now? Need to vent, and if you have some helpful advice I'll take it.

Posted by on Jun. 9, 2014 at 3:34 PM
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My little girl, who is 20 months has had three bouts of bronchitis this year.  Two of those times she also had infections in both of her ears. 

The last bout was just over 3 weeks ago.  I took her to the walk in and they gave her 10 days of antibiotics.  After 7 days she still didn't seem to be feeling much better and was running a fever on and off.  I took her back and was given a stronger antibiotic that was to be given to her for 5 days.  That round ended a week ago.

This afternoon when I put her down for her nap, I noticed she felt a bit warm, but figured it was just from playing outside.  She didn't sleep long, and started crying only 1/2 hour after I put her down.  I went to get her and she was burning up. I gave her some Tylenol, but she is still miserable.  I'm thinking it's another ear infection, as she has no other symptoms other than having a fever and being a cranky bear.

I guess I'll wait until tomorrow to take her to the walk in (it isn't actually a walk in, you have to call in the morning and take the first available appointment).  

In the meantime what else can I do to make her feel better?  Any tips on how to treat ear infections at home?



by on Jun. 9, 2014 at 3:34 PM
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-PB
by Gold Member on Jun. 9, 2014 at 4:40 PM

 I would take her to an ENT.  It might be difficult to get an appointment right away but if you explain that she is sick now they might try to see her sooner.

My nephew had chronic ear infections starting at birth.  He was on antibiotics constantly.  Went to an ENT and got tubes in his ears.  Problem solved.

strictmomhere
by Platinum Member on Jun. 9, 2014 at 4:51 PM
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LDavis33
by Member on Jun. 9, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I've been thinking about this, but I was waiting for her hearing test before I went that route.  She had a test done a few months ago, but because she had just recovered from bronchitis and ear infections and because there was fluid on her ears, they wanted to retest in a few months.  It's scheduled for the end of the month.

We need a referral to get her into a specialist, so perhaps I should talk to my family Dr. and get that ball rolling now because I know wait lists can be pretty long.  

Quoting -PB:

 I would take her to an ENT.  It might be difficult to get an appointment right away but if you explain that she is sick now they might try to see her sooner.

My nephew had chronic ear infections starting at birth.  He was on antibiotics constantly.  Went to an ENT and got tubes in his ears.  Problem solved.


-PB
by Gold Member on Jun. 9, 2014 at 6:20 PM

 What about if you call the walkin, tell them that she was seen there but she is not getting better and ask if they can give you a referral to an ent?  If they would be willing to do that you could sort of skip a step and save some money and time if that makes sense.  I always hated going to a regular doctor just to get a referral for another doc.  They might not do it but it could be worth a shot.  I would check with your insurance company just to be sure that they would accept a referral from a walkin instead of the regular doc just to be sure though.  Poor baby.  Hope she feels better soon!

Quoting LDavis33:

I've been thinking about this, but I was waiting for her hearing test before I went that route.  She had a test done a few months ago, but because she had just recovered from bronchitis and ear infections and because there was fluid on her ears, they wanted to retest in a few months.  It's scheduled for the end of the month.

We need a referral to get her into a specialist, so perhaps I should talk to my family Dr. and get that ball rolling now because I know wait lists can be pretty long.  

Quoting -PB:

 I would take her to an ENT.  It might be difficult to get an appointment right away but if you explain that she is sick now they might try to see her sooner.

My nephew had chronic ear infections starting at birth.  He was on antibiotics constantly.  Went to an ENT and got tubes in his ears.  Problem solved.

 

LDavis33
by Member on Jun. 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM

I would, but in Canada things work a little differently.  Dr.'s here (at least where I live) won't do anything over phone.  They need an office visit even for a prescription refill.  So I might as well go through my family Doctor. Luckily Dr.'s visits cost me nothing out of pocket.

She seems to be feeling a bit better now that the tylenol has had a chance to work.  

Quoting -PB:

 What about if you call the walkin, tell them that she was seen there but she is not getting better and ask if they can give you a referral to an ent?  If they would be willing to do that you could sort of skip a step and save some money and time if that makes sense.  I always hated going to a regular doctor just to get a referral for another doc.  They might not do it but it could be worth a shot.  I would check with your insurance company just to be sure that they would accept a referral from a walkin instead of the regular doc just to be sure though.  Poor baby.  Hope she feels better soon!

Quoting LDavis33:

I've been thinking about this, but I was waiting for her hearing test before I went that route.  She had a test done a few months ago, but because she had just recovered from bronchitis and ear infections and because there was fluid on her ears, they wanted to retest in a few months.  It's scheduled for the end of the month.

We need a referral to get her into a specialist, so perhaps I should talk to my family Dr. and get that ball rolling now because I know wait lists can be pretty long.  

Quoting -PB:

 I would take her to an ENT.  It might be difficult to get an appointment right away but if you explain that she is sick now they might try to see her sooner.

My nephew had chronic ear infections starting at birth.  He was on antibiotics constantly.  Went to an ENT and got tubes in his ears.  Problem solved.

 


firecat8301
by Member on Jun. 9, 2014 at 8:59 PM
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It sounds like she might need tubes put in her ears.  Tal to your doctor about going thatroute.

Momofmenagerie
by Bronze Member on Jun. 9, 2014 at 9:05 PM
Warmed virgin/ extra virgin Olive oil in the ear canal can help in the short term
Mom2Just1
by Mom2boys on Jun. 9, 2014 at 9:16 PM
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She needs to see an ent.
LDavis33
by Member on Jun. 9, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Would I just pour a bit in each ear or should she lay on her side for a bit? (I doubt she'll lay on her side voluntarily for any length of time).

Quoting Momofmenagerie: Warmed virgin/ extra virgin Olive oil in the ear canal can help in the short term


Momofmenagerie
by Bronze Member on Jun. 9, 2014 at 10:03 PM
Lay on her side ....but she can sit up after with Part of a cotton ball just inside just to be sure it soaks in her ear and not right out it

Quoting LDavis33:

Would I just pour a bit in each ear or should she lay on her side for a bit? (I doubt she'll lay on her side voluntarily for any length of time).

Quoting Momofmenagerie: Warmed virgin/ extra virgin Olive oil in the ear canal can help in the short term

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