As the title suggests.. DS has one and the GP was very vague..
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24-07-2012 15:32 #1
Any experiences with ear infections and subsequent burst eardrums?
24-07-2012 15:39 #2
My DD used to get middle ear infections flat out for around 2 years. Like, as soon as one cleared up she'd have another one a few weeks later. They never said anything about burst eardrums? They just put her on amoxil till it cleared up. She's 8 yrs old now and hasn't had one for a few years.
Not sure if that helped in the slightest but that's my experience with them!
24-07-2012 15:46 #3
My DS1 who is now 15, suffered ear infections from 7mths till 4-5 yrs. at least once a month! It was just horrible seeing him in pain all the time. The doctors eventually stopped giving him antibiotics as he had them so often and they cleared up on their own after a while. So common in little ones
Unfortunately he went on to have grommets 3 times to drain the fluid and adenoids removed.
Very distressing, but common. I just kept up with panadol when he was in pain. Not much else you can do but give lots of cuddles. The pain was always more severe of a night.
24-07-2012 15:47 #4
Oops, only once did he ever have a burst ear drum out of all this times and they didn't seem overly concerned about that.
24-07-2012 16:05 #5
I had two kids burst eardrum one from a infection and the other was from a earplug designed to the ears from hurt during a flight.
They hurt I had give mine pain-stop for that day and then just panadol. They had trouble if they went up a hill extra for a while after.
Other that, they can't skydive or go scuba diving until they are healed.
24-07-2012 17:51 #6
Thanks all. DS has had an ear infection and I noticed some green discharge last night from his ear. Took him to GP as I flipped and hadn't heard of this before, lol. Apparently the fluid only escapes like that in the case of ear infection if the eardrum bursts or is perforated? I think it's the same thing. TMI but it dried up today and came out in a huge clump. I think I should be avoiding water near the ear until it heals, someone suggested cotton wool while bathing for a little while. I noticed he has been more cheerful since the discharge started coming out and can only attribute this to the pressure being relieved. Any suggestions? I am a bit cranky as I'm not one to throw antibiotics at everything but he had been in pain for over a week before a dr would prescribe amoxycillin. He has been on that for two days now.
24-07-2012 17:53 #7
Also, are ear infections more common when parents have suffered them? Mum said that our side of the family is notorious for ear infections and I had grommets and tonsils out when I was younger also.
24-07-2012 18:02 #8
Our second child had alot of ear infections in his first year of life and a few burst eardrums. They always cleared up without antibiotics (we don't believe in abs for ear infections and alot of doctors are going that way now.) He is now 8 and hasn't had any worries with his hearing or anything. Has had one ear infection and burst eardrum since.
24-07-2012 18:07 #9
Refresh, that's really good! As I said i don't like throwing antibiotics at everything.. Just not sure as I've never done this before. I waited a week and no improvement so I felt like I had to do something as I didn't want to keep giving nurofen/panadol combo to keep bringing his fever down as it kept spiking to 40+..
24-07-2012 18:09 #10Senior Member
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DS has been suffering with this his whole life
The eustachian tubes drain the natural occurring ear fluid from the ear down the back of the throat. The ET's get blocked, either due to a cold, virus or other cause of inflammation, the fluid gets dammed and the ear drums burst
Once the ED's burst bacteria can get in and cause the ear to become infected. Some GP's prescribe AB's if an ear drum is bulging but the general consensus is that AB's at that stage don't stop the ED's bursting. The general consensus is that most EI's clear up without the aid of AB's
The question or problem is what has caused the ET's to become blocked and if EI's continue to happen then grommets help to bypass the problem by putting a controlled drainage hole in the ED's until the child has grown and their neck has grown and the ET's travel more vertical than horizontal or diagnose or until the immune system becomes robust enough to fight of the viruses etc.
If EI's become frequent, then a trip to an ENT is recommended.
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