Posted By Posting
Jul 20, 2009
a little off the subject...
Hi, I'm curious if any of you have experience with ear infections too? I've tried to find helpful websites (like this one) on ear infections/tubes, but have been unsuccessful. Cody JUST got over an ear infection like 2 weeks ago and, weird, he has another one now. Dr mentioned tubes as a possibility...I asked a question on yahoo answers about the pros/cons of tubes and someone said that an iron deficiency could be causing all the infections? He/she said that an iron supplement could eliminate them. Anyone know anything about this? I know this isn't about reflux, but all of you on here are the only helpful people I've come across online!! =) Thanks!
Jul 20, 2009
Ginger Bennett
Mom to Stanton, 6/12/2008
dx with GERD at 7 weeks. dx with EE at 21 months
Past Life - Early Intervention Specialist and Eval Team Member
We just got tubes on July 1st after 9 ear infections in a row. Stanton would got his first ear infection in early Feb. and had one just about every 2 weeks after that. No one ever mentioned iron as a connection. He actually was tested for iron at his 9 and 10 month visits and those came back as normal. Would be worth a try to avoid surgery. My ped. suggested we wait on tubes until the 6th ear infection. We were on a waiting list for the ENT and had 3 more infections before tubes. So - if you've just had a few infections, you've got some time to figure it out.
Jul 20, 2009
I have had several kids that have needed tubes for chronic ear infections. For those kids, tubes were a life saver. I little inconvenient sometimes for me, but worth it. The only problem I had was trying to keep them from getting water in them. Had to use ear plugs for bath time and swimming etc etc.. Most doctors won't even consider placing tubes until they have seen lots of ear infections. My insurance wouldn't pay for them until he had 10 documented ear infections in a 12 month period. To me that is crazy. With every ear infection you can sustain possibly damage to your hearing. With every child I have had tubes placed, the ear infections went away completely. The tubes eventually fall out and still have not had any more ear infections.
Jul 20, 2009
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
Reflux and frequent ear infections can go hand in hand. Just an FYI, PPI's inhibit the absorption of many minerals since minerals need an acidic environment. I don't know about the iron deficiency/anemia relation (what did the yahoo answerer say their source was?) But anyway, the esophagus, nasopharynx, and ear canals are very closely related, so if there's inflammation in one, there's bound to be trouble with the others as well. I'd say talk to an MD before supplementing iron or anything really, esp so if it is needed, the proper dose can be given.
Jul 20, 2009
Jessica, Mommy to Jedd, severe reflux, severe food and oral aversions, Finally G tube free!!! VSD repair 4-24-07 (open heart surgery), hypospadias, repaired 3 times and Ear tubes Visit Jedd at his CB site:
Putting in tubes was the BEST thing we ever did for Jedd's ears!!! Seriously!!!!! His speech was delayed because he couldn't hear well enough through all the gunk. And yes, our ENT agrees that GERD/reflux will cause infections. Jedd pretty much had one infection after another and we all know how well rounds of ABX agree with GERDlings bellys!!!!

Since having them placed we have had NO infections and within 6 months of having them placed Jedd's speech was on age level and completely caught up!!!

We were not told to worry about ear plugs or anything, we treated Jedd like a normal kid and had NO issues with the tubes at all.

Now he has lost one tube but we are still infection free. I am thinking that the tubes have done there job and allowed us to time to get his GERD under control so we are seeing no ore infections!!! YAY

I would seriously do tubes, they were fantastic for us. They also don't completely knock them out for it either. They just give them enough to make the really drowsy.Within a few minutes of seeing him in the PACU he was acting completely normal.

Jul 21, 2009
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
Ear tubes were the best invention ever. Ryan had a continuous ear infection from Nov through March. The antibiotics, motrin and not wanting to suck what a nasty combination for his system. My only regret is that I should not have taken no for an answer when I asked for a referral after his ear infection in Jan. I could have saved him from the one in March. Ryan has never had another ear infection since his tubes and has not had to be put back on an antibiotic once. We dont do ear plugs for the bath tube for the pool. (He doesnt dunk his head anyway). The surgery lasted 7 minutes and he started walking 2 days later because he finally had his balance. Regarding why he has another ear infection 2 weeks later..... This is actually the same ear infection. Having one 2 weeks after coming off the antibiotics means that the fluid did not drain from his ears thus as soon as the antibiotics wore off the infection set back in. I learned that from the ENT. When he put Ryan's tubes in his had to suction reflux and acid out of his ears. Nasty.. I know. He immediately increased Ryans dosage of Prevacid after that.
Jul 21, 2009
Thank you all for telling your experiences! I'm thinking that tubes may be the answer for his ear infections. He is only on #3, but that's within 5 months. He typically doesn't show signs of an ear infection either which has led to 2 ruptures of the ear drum as well. GRRR, it makes me feel like such a bad mom for not knowing these things!! Every time I suspect an ear infection, I'll pull at his ear and all that to see if it bothers him, but he just goes along being his happy self. Regarding the iron supplement: I wouldn't give him any without a dr's OK, I was just kinda curious if anyone has heard of this. And the person on Yahoo did not list a source--he/she just said that it was their experience. I'll maybe mention it to the dr to see if he wants to check his iron levels, but I'm not going to rely on it to fix his ear infections. We have Cody's 1 year appt next Friday (his bday is the 29th) and I'm sure we will discuss tubes. I can't believe he's almost 1!!!!!!!!! How time flies!!!!!! =)
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