My 8 month old, Josh, just had his 5th ear infection. It was so bad the doctor gave him the antibiotic shot (starts with an r?), and 24 hrs later when there was only slight improvement, we had to do a week of augmentin. The previous ear infection is was a higher than normal does of amoxicillin for his age/weight - the pharmacy called the doctor to ensure he wanted that high of a dose. So we have been referred to ENT, that appointment is at the end of June. I think he will recommend ear tubes.
My 3 yr old, Miles, had ear tubes put in on his first birthday due to 4 ear infections in 6 weeks. The surgery was simple, a fast recovery, and he has not had an ear infection since.
Part of me leans towards ear tubes since we had such great luck with Miles. But part of me wonders if I'm jumping at ear tubes too soon. I know it doesn't always produce instant results like with Miles. Summer is around the corner, which means he's less likely to get colds and thus, less likely to get an ear infection. But part of me wants the ear infections over, and not worry about delayed speech. And I am so sick of him being on antibiotics. He's been sick with other things as well (several upper respiratory infections), so we haven't had a month go by without being on antibiotics. I worry that he's on them so much it will have long term effects.
What are others experiences with ear infections and ear tubes?
Josh just had tubes put in. We had another infection before we saw the ENT. The ENT spent 30 seconds looking at his file and said "yes, he's a candidate for ear tubes". Had the same doctor that did Miles' tonsilectomy last summer, so I was comfortable with it.
They put us on antibiotics until the surgery, but I forgot to take them on vacation 3 weeks ago and didn't restart when we returned. I was hoping we could make it... but he had another ear infection when the docor did the surgery this morning. So he'll be on the antibiotic ear drops for a week now that the tubes are in. Hopefully it's the last ear infection he'll have. He was very cranky after, took a long nap, and is now back to playing.