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#1 Clementinerose

Posted 04 September 2019 - 10:05 AM

My 9 mth old dd had a burst ear drum about 6 weeks ago. She had no temp, just very grumpy. Was prescribed antibiotics and was given the all clear by the dr a week later. 2 weeks later she was grumpy, no temp and then gunk coming out of her ear. She had a double script of antibiotics which cleared her ear. 2 weeks down the track it’s happened again. I have a drs appointment but where do I go from here. Surely continuous antibiotics can’t be the solution. Any advice??

#2 Jo.F

Posted 04 September 2019 - 10:20 AM

my son had 6 ear infections by the time he was 12 months old. I kept getting told they have to have a certain amount before the GP will refer them to an ENT. after the 6th one I demanded a referral to a private ENT because I was so sick of seeing him in pain every month or so. The ENT was horrified that my son had gone through so many ear infections before getting referred to him but it seems to be like tonsillitis. You need to have 'x' amount of occurrences before they'll refer you to a specialist. His ear drums were damaged from the repetitive infections. Had grommets when he was 20 months old and not had a single ear infection since. He's now 4

Antibiotics are all you'll get from the GP. If it's a recurring problem then grommets should fix it. Good luck x

#3 Clementinerose

Posted 04 September 2019 - 10:33 AM


#4 PrincessPeach

Posted 04 September 2019 - 01:35 PM

id be taking her back to the gp & asking for a swab to be taken.

Being that close together, id be suspicious that the antibiotics were not fully clearing the infection.

#5 4kids mostlysane

Posted 04 September 2019 - 03:19 PM

Get a referral to an ENT...

My son had numerous ear infections, and burst ear drums as a baby/toddler but they were far enough apart that nothing further qs done. We knew his hearing wasn't great but it was until he was 5, and referred by the nurse he saw in kindy that we realised how bad his ears were. They were continually filling with fluid and not draining properly.  After his first day back at Kindy once he had his grommets he came home and said "I could hear what Miss X was saying today"....

He had to have three lots of grommets but has outgrown the issue now and his hearing is fine.

#6 Clementinerose

Posted 04 September 2019 - 03:42 PM

She had a swab taken at the first infection and it was the bacteria that they are immunised against, not sure what it is called. I’ve got an appointment soon so I’ll definitely be asking questions why it isn’t clearing and about an ent. She has only had amoxicillin to date. Thanks for all of the advice

#7 Clementinerose

Posted 04 September 2019 - 08:02 PM

So I took her to the dr. He gave her stronger antibiotics and said if it doesn’t clear he will refer her to an ENT so I was happy with that

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