If in the last three months DD (3yo) had had 3 infections and now tonsilitis?
Each time she has had ABs, and on Boxing Day I had her at the after hours medical centre at the hospital with suspected tonsilitis (we were away), and the doctor said it may or may not be the start of tonsilitis so keep an eye on her (bearing in mind, she had a HUGE day on Christmas Day too and also a very traumatic year last year).
Anyway, my GP said that they only at referred to an ENT once they have 5 ear infections in a year. Is this other people's experiences?
I'm just a bit over it and hate seeing her sick. I am also in the process of changing doctors and having records transferred.
Thoughts on getting a second opinion? Do I wait it out and see what happens or push for an ENT referral?
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13-01-2015 14:57 #1
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13-01-2015 15:02 #2
I'd push for a referral, we got one after 3 ear infections in a short space of time for DS3.
I waited 12 months to get a referral for DS2 (he had tonsillitis 20 times before he turned 2!) And I regret it so much, he suffered for so long because of it, because I didnt know any better.
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13-01-2015 15:35 #3
When ds was 17 months old he had gromets as his ear drums were bursting on both side with middle ear infections. He was on antibiotics from 4 months till the gromets went in
He had his tonsils out at 10 after 2 years of going to the dr constantly. Our GP in the end said enough was enough and finally gave us a referral. DS had got to a point where his throat wasnt sore but his belly was from swallowing the pus (sorry for the tmi)
Keep pushing for a referral tonsillitis and middle ear is awful!
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13-01-2015 15:52 #4
hi babylove, my nephew has just been though this sort of thing with his little son. they kept asking for a ent referral. finally got their boy to a specialist and the specialist said he should have been operated on months earlier. I would keep pushing to see a specialist, or change gp. the little one has had grommets and he is still not without pain, and more trips to the specialist. hugs, marie.
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13-01-2015 15:55 #5
We are getting grommets put in tomorrow for my DS who is about to turn 2. He constantly has chest infections and trouble breathing where as I mean he makes gurgling sounds when he's breathing. Always has inflamed tonsils. We are pushing for tonsils to come out too but they are always hesitant on doing it until he's older. We are going to Royal Melbourne for all his ops.
He has reflux still also and will not eat certain foods and is still attached to bottles just to keep him satisfied and full. It's been a rough road so far. Keep pushing at your doctors. It's a nasty start for a little one to have to go through. Good luck.
Btw I'm not sure that's completely great having to have 5 infections before a referal. If there is obviously something wrong, I'd keep going back and pushing to see a specialist ENT. Yeah good luck.
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13-01-2015 16:08 #6
Yes thats been my experience that they wait for 5 occurrences within 12mths before ENT referrals as that shows a reoccurring issue that needs looking at.
If they gave everyone a referral after couple of infections the ENT's would be even harder to get into than they already are
13-01-2015 16:10 #7
And yes i have been where you are having a sick child that you are repeatedly taking to the dr's and after hours etc which is very wearing and worrying
13-01-2015 16:13 #8
I would push for an ENT referral. For a young child to have 5 infections (especially ear infections) could lead to complications. From my experience, if infections seem to be reoccurring even after antibiotics, a good GP will usually make the referral straight away! Most GPs oblige if you head in there and explain that your DD has had multiple infections and you think it would be worth getting a referral to an ENT!
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