When an Ear Infection Strikes!

Recently, my son was battling your typical winter cold. He seemed to be on the mend. So, we took him to church, with just a little bit of a residual runny nose. About halfway through the services, he became a crazy child. It was bizzaro! He was crying, upset, and restless. We left early not sure what was going on.

That night was horrible. He literally did not sleep most of the night. He may have gotten in 3 hours total, and we were baffled by what it could be! Luckily, he gave us one clue. He kept saying, “Ear!” “Ear!” We had our doubts since we had just been into the doctor about 4 days earlier for his well visit. Since he had a cold, of course the doctor looked in his ears and said they looked great. But, his behavior was so atypical that night, so I thought I better make an appointment.

The next afternoon, we went in and discovered he had a double ear infection! It was so sad. The doctor thought that maybe his ear drum had burst at some point, leaking fluid into his ear canal. As the fluid sat there, it created another infection in the outer ear, or ear canal. Antibiotics were prescribed for both the inner and outer part of his ear. He quickly recovered.

This week the CDC stated that they have found that Kids’ ear infections have declined by 30% in the past 15 years. While they are unsure of the reasons for this, their ideas include more breastfeeding moms, less smoking parents, and vaccinations. While we may not know exactly what is causing this trend, it is definitely a good thing!

Ear infections can be one of the hardest parts of being a parent. You never know when to take them in and when not to. Obviously, if your baby is grabbing at his ear, and saying ear, like mine was, then there is a pretty good chance of infection. However, some ear infections can be more subtle. Sometimes they come with a fever and sometimes they don’t. Often they are accompanied by a cold, but this isn’t 100% of the time either. If you are suspicious of an ear infection, don’t wait too long. It never hurts to pick up the phone and call your doctor. They will advise you on what is best for your child.

My rule of thumb though is, if we have a sleepless night, I’m calling a doctor!

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About Meredith

Meredith is a native Texan who is currently living in Salt Lake City, UT. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2002 with a B.A. degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She has been married for almost 10 years and has three beautiful children who consume most of her time. However, she started blogging in 2007 and has fallen in love with the idea of becoming a writer. She started scrapbooking over 10 years ago, and has become obsessed with that as well. She also dreams of the day when someone will pay her to scrapbook for them! When she is not scrapbooking, or blogging, she loves to people watch, and analyze what makes people tick. Meredith is proud to be a Mormon, and even served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she fell in love with the Latin culture and learned to speak Spanish. Visit Meredith on her personal blog at www.fakingpictureperfect.wordpress.com