Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Rachael | 2009-09-02



Hi doc,
My son is two, and in day care full time. I tried to breastfeed for the first 3 months, unsuccessfully, as even medication did not increase my milk production.
He had flu a month ago, but never completely recovered. Last week I took him to his doc who diagnosed ear infections, prescribed antibiotics, and referred me to the ENT doc. I took my son to the doc who advised grommets to sort his ears out. He was a very good doctor, but I did not sense a tone of urgency. Maybe he was trying to be re-assuring. But after the visit I am wondering how necessary it is to have this procedure done. What other problems could this lead to if the grommets are not put in? What are the chances of his ears clearing up on its own now that summer is coming in? Should I cancel his swimming for a while wether or not the grommets are put in? His hearing and learning is fine, I don' t see any hearing problems at the moment.
I am also thinking of taking him for a 2nd opinion.
Your advice would help millions.
Many thanks.

Expert's Reply



You have put your concerns very clearly here.The main thing is that your son appears to hear well. Usually after an ear infection there will be sterile fluid behind the ear drum which may persist for months. Your son has only had one ear infection as far as I can make out. There does not appear to be valid reason to insert grommets in his ears. The fluid should disappear on its own after 6 months or so.

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Posted by: R | 2009-09-02

Also want to mention he got sick last month after being in great health for many months.

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