Posted by: Zellie | 2008/07/25


Suspected ear infection in 18 month old

My little girl had her first middle ear infection at four months. Dr. prescribed antibiotics, but the infection just kept returning. After four courses of antibiotics I took her to the ENT myself and she had grommets placed in. No more problems. About a month ago the grommets came out with some discharge and she was crying constantly. Took her to GP who prescribed Augmentum (spelling?). Three days later she was throwing up, couldn' t keep a thing in as well as oral thrush. Took her to paed who could find no trace of ear infection. He advised me to stop the antibiotics as it was not necessary and prescribed reuteri and dectaren for thrush in mouth, throat and stomach!!! Since last night LG is niggly, constantly touching the ear and crying, no fever. I don' t want to take her to the docters because I am sick and tired of antibiotocs and suspect it could just be teething, but don' t want to cause permanent damage eg hearing loss!! When is it time to act and go to the docter? When can I just treat the symptoms? What can I do to help? My paed sais if there' s no fever I shouldn' t worry??? Just want a second opinion.

Expert's Reply



Your little girl is having repeated ear infections. The only time that things improved for a while was when she had grommets inserted. It sounds as if she is going to need grommets again. You certainly don't want to keep on having to give her antibiotics as the side effects are unacceptable. So you need to go and see your ENT again.

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