Every time Sweetpea gets sick with a cold she develops an ear infection. I dread it when her nose starts to run, like it has today. Monkey has never had an ear infection so I was taken off guard with Sweetpea’s first one. I don’t understand why Sweetpea is so susceptible. She is still being breastfed and we don’t smoke. I guess it must have something to do with her ear anatomy.
The worst part is that her ear infections always end with a ruptured eardrum. I try to be proactive to avoid this from happening. I’ve read Dr. Sears advice on ear infections and have made some garlic oil to put into her ear. Last time it may have helped a little but eventually her ear started discharging again and our physician prescribed another round of antibiotics. I’ve read the majority (80%) of uncomplicated ear infections will resolve in four to seven days without antibiotics. But do uncomplicated ear infections include ruptured eardrums? Probably not. Nonetheless, I don’t like giving Sweetpea too many antibiotics either.
Tomorrow I plan to pick up some infant echinacea and perhaps a different kind of ear-drop. Hopefully this won’t be round three!