Chronic Ear Infections-Allergies?

Posted on: Thu, 05/04/2000 - 11:26pm
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My 18 months oldson has peanut, dary, and egg allergies. since the middle of March he has had a runny nose and ear infections. A few weeks ago, his eardrum almost burst. We went back to the doctor the other night and his ear had gotten better but still showed fluid, but now the other ear is bad. He has been on four antibiotics since March, and the doctor injected him with an antibiotic this time as well as giving him his fifth antibiotic. I suggested he be tested for a new allergy, which I believe may be causing the problem. He doesn't believe it is necessary because my son isn't exhibiting any exzema. This is the second doctor who has said it is not needed. I feel helpless! I'm afraid he will become resistant to antibiotics and develop hearing problems. Can anyone give me advice?

Posted on: Thu, 05/04/2000 - 11:59pm
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pInsist on more testing. I can only tell you my son's story. When Jack was 15 months old he had a reaction to pb at daycare. I took him straight to our pediatrician and she referred him to an allergist. The allergist tested him for peanuts and did a pediatric panel of allergy tests. The only test that was positive was peanuts. Boy, was it ever positive!br /
From that point on, Jack had double ear infection after double ear infection. We were always going back to the pediatrician as soon as he finished a course of antibiotics. After doing this for a month and a half to two months we took him to an ENT. He put tubes in his ears and took his adenoids out.br /
Meanwhile, his expressive language was falling behind. I talked to his pediatrician about this, she agreed and referred him for speech therapy.br /
The tubes let the drainage from his ears come out, but they did not end the ear infections. After another month of this I asked the ENT if the ear infections could be from allergies. He said he didn't think so but if I had a concern that I should go ahead and contact the allergist to see what she thought. I did and she wanted to retest him. Sure enough, Jack had several allergies that didn't show up the first time.br /
He is allergic to egg yolk, soy, yeast, oats, turkey, oranges, and corn. Very common foods in his diet. He also had environmental allergies like dust mites, mold, and pollen.br /
It wasn't until we treated his allergies that his ear infections stopped. Meanwhile he had developed a speech delay from having all of those ear infections.br /
He will be 3 this summer and he still has speech therapy every week. He is catching up but his sounds in speech are still hard to understand.br /
From my own experience, do more allergy testing right away.br /
Kris/p

Posted on: Fri, 05/05/2000 - 12:25am
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pWhen my daughter was getting infection after infection (didn't start until age 3), her allergist did bloodwork to test her antibodies. He tested her Ig levels (after we were in the hospital with staph infection on her arms and legs from her eczema). Her IgE level was extremely high, but he later ruled out what he called IgE Syndrome, which is a disorder of the immune system related to allergies. It has been a while, and I don't remember all about the disorder. I do remember I found alot of info on the net. You may want to ask your allergist about it. Her infections stopped after steroids combined with antibiotics and other allergy care. Since then, if she starts getting infections, we have to work with the doc. to get her allergies "settled down" and then she is fine. Hers is not related to developing new allergies./p

Posted on: Fri, 05/05/2000 - 12:59am
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pAfter looking at my message, I couldn't believe all the typos I let slide by. I was in a hurry-sorry! Thank you Kris and Rae. This has me very stressed. I'm worried about his language development. Right now he is very verbal, but for how long? Is he going to fall behind? I just don't understand why they won't have him tested. The one doctor that mainly deals with my son studied with the main doctor from FAN. You think she would be up on this. Do I ask her to refer me to an allergist instead? What type of allegist? Sandra/p

Posted on: Fri, 05/05/2000 - 1:21am
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pJack's language development was normal until the ear infections. I am a mom of three and a teacher with a master's degree in early childhood/special ed. so I do know a little about development. I'm certain that the language delay was caused by the ear infections.br /
We are still dealing with infections, but usually sinuses. He's on zyrtec, biaxin, prednisone, and nasacort right now trying to get rid of a sinus infection. At least it's not his ears.br /
I take him to an allergist who treats kids and adults. She sees Jack, my daughter, and of course me. I think it helps that she knows the history of allergies in Jack's family.br /
I hope this helps.br /
Kris/p

Posted on: Fri, 05/05/2000 - 2:17am
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pMy non PA son experience double ear infections constantly from the beginning of October through March. We could not at the time put tubes in his ears because my husband had experienced a job change during those months and we had to wait for the insurance to take affect. During this time he also had two chronic sinus infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia. When we took our PA to the allergist two weeks ago, I inquired about our youngest being tested and he said that we should wait until he is over the age of 2 if we are going to test for environmental allergies. I am not sure exactly why but by God's grace the ear infections were gone at the beginning of the allergy season so maybe it was not caused by allergies./p

Posted on: Fri, 05/05/2000 - 3:05am
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pMy 4 year old nephew has chronic ear infections. The ear specialist suggested taking him off of dairy and wheat to see if it helps. If there is no improvement they will have to put the tubes in. I am not sure if my sister-in-law has taken him to the allergist yet. I know she has talked about it. I guess there must be some sort of relationship if the doctor suggested modifying his diet. /p
p[This message has been edited by MaryM (edited May 05, 2000).]/p

Posted on: Fri, 05/05/2000 - 1:53pm
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pHere is an update. I called the doctor today to tell her I wanted my child retested for allergies. She became angry with me and said most children outgrow allergies and not develop new ones. When I explained that my nephew has developed many new allergies she said that finding an allergy he is allergic to is like finding a needle in a haystack. That unless my son was experiencing more than just a constant runny nose and ear infections, (such as hives, vomitting, or diarrhea), it was very unlikely that he was experiencing anything more than one virus after another. As a matter of fact, she suggested that if I wanted to do any good for him, I would take him out of daycare. She went on to say that I should have waited to discuss this with her at his next wellness exam, instead of calling her. I was very upset by the conversation and I respectfully said thank you for her time, and she hung up without even a goodbye. This is a pediatrician who makes allergies and asthma her main focus. Now what? I did finally get her to order a test for environmental allergies, but it is the possible food allergy that worries me the most Talk about feeling totally helpless!/p

Posted on: Fri, 05/05/2000 - 11:48pm
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pI don't understand your doctor's resistance to allergy testing. It wasn't a needle in a haystack for Jack, it was quite clear just from the pediatric panel of tests at 20 months that he had several allergies that did not test positive at 15 months. I understand your frustration. I think you have a legitimate concern about allergies that your doctor should address.br /
My feelings would have been hurt after the daycare remark. Jack is still in daycare during the school year. It wasn't virus after virus for him, although he has had his share. I wish I could help you more. Let me know if I can do anything!/p

Posted on: Mon, 05/08/2000 - 12:59am
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pKris, Thank you! I was very upset by her comment pertaining to daycare. I ended up crying because I was so frustrated. I even thanked her for her time, and she hung up without even saying your welcome or goodbye. Later that day I scheduled his wellness exam, which is this Friday, with a different doctor. I plan to ask for a referral to an allergist. I hope someone will listen. The problem is that I have to wait so long for someone to see him. In the mean time, I'm sure his ears aren't getting any better. Thanks for your support!/p

Posted on: Mon, 05/08/2000 - 7:34am
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pSandra,br /
I hate when people bash someones choice to work. Yes , I am a stay at home Mom but I don't think that makes me more committed to my child then a woman who works. I think as woman we need to support each others choices and not bash someone because they choose differently.I would find a new doctor immediately.Parents of an allergic child shouldn't have to give up a career , socialization for their kids, or anything else in order to keep their children safe./p

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