Jump to content

Tonsillitis and ear infections? Ears Again :( *update


  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#1 mum2jp

Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:43 PM

*update* 22/2

Took DS back to the gp today as his temp is up again and he has been on antibiotics for three days now. So his tonsillitis is clearing but he now has an ear infection in BOTH ears that has developed while on the medication. So gp has swapped medications and started him on another course of antibitoics. This is just crazy sad.gif. On a positive note i asked about the ENT and gp agreed it would be worth review, so i have a letter and just rang. The have an apointment avaliable march 14th so hopefully we get somewhere then because i can't keep pumping him full of anitbiotics, panadol and nurofen. It really worries me how much medication and how often he is having it. Thanks for the advice.

Original post below:

How often is normal for kids to have them. DS is 2 and is always getting sick. This year already he has had an ear infection and is on his second bout of tonsillitis. We are onto our third course of antibiotics and February hasn't even finished yet. He saw an ENT when he was 12 months old because he had recurrent ear infections from about 5 months but she said his ears were ok. I really don't like giving him so much antibiotics and have raised my concerns with the GP who said he is fine and these are common illnesses in young children. I feel so bad for him, he always gets really bad temps with them so he feels crap for days. We would honestly easily have at least 10 courses of antibiotics a year maybe even more I lose count. Is this normal or even ok to have so much?

Edit to add update to original post

Edited by mum2jp, 22 February 2013 - 11:22 AM.


#2 eachschoolholidays

Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:55 PM

I would be taking him back to the ENT or getting a referral to another.  That doesn't fit within bounds of normal for me.

Both of my children have had grommets and one has had her adenoids out.  The best thing we have ever done!!  One they had grommets in, the ear infections stopped.

#3 Jenferal

Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:01 PM

Honestly, it sounds excessive to me to be sick THAT much. It's also a lot for  young child to cope with and would possibly affect his walking and balance etc so I'd be going back or seeing a diff doctor.
I was told 4 or 5 colds a YEAR is normal, but AB's 10 times in a year is an awful lot.
how were his ears checked? My DD had a hearing check which used a machine to test the ear drum and check for glue ear etc. If the ENT just looked it may not have been a good enough examination. But I'm no expert!


#4 mum2jp

Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:09 PM

Yes she only looked in his ears she didn't use any kind of machine. I think i will make another appointment with the ENT. If I have gone once with an original referral can I call and make another appointment directly or do I need another referral?

#5 Carmen02

Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:23 AM

you can just call and make another appointment, but to be honest ill be looking for another one!! If your in melb I have a fantastic one..good luck it sounds like something should be done to help!! my 2yr old had grommets in the day after his birthday

#6 ziggy72

Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:12 AM

We suffered through constant illness, high temps accompanying a "throat infection' AKA tonsilitus for several winters. He had an OK year (ie. only 5-6 doses of ABX) so when we saw ENT and he offerred to remove tonsils and adenoids due to breathing issues at night we hesitated. Next winter 5 bouts of tonislitus/scarlett fever between Aug and Nov and we were done. GP said it was a good decision as he had dropped from 75% to 25% in height and that is a common occurance. Poor thing couldn't sleep due to enlarged tonsils even when not sick and barely ate as it always hurt.

It was the best thing we ever did. Since then (2yrs) has had 1-2 cold in total and a temp of 38.2 once.

#7 hodgepodge

Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:15 PM

You need another ENT!

My DS was getting ear infections/tonsillitis a few times a year so no alarm bells rang.
We noticed his hearing was deteriorating and his snoring increased at around 4 and a half.  A hearing test showed he was almost deaf due to fluid behind the ear drum and the ENT diagnosed sleep apnea. Two months later his adenoids and tonsils are out and grommets in and he is a new child.

Everything has improved - it is well worth seeking a second opinion original.gif

#8 Cat Burglar

Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:06 PM

Last year DD (1 at the time) had tonsilitis 4x in 3 months, and about 7 ear infections. We have a referral to an ENT but we are low priority.

#9 Logical nonsense

Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:18 PM

He may just be an ear child,

I had so many as a child, I did burst my drums a few times, helped with grommets.
Could it be that he is picking the tonsillitis up from other people that don't have any symptoms??

I had it 3 times in 2 months in high school & it was hell, the doctor said I had to have it at least 5 times before considering taking them out.

Talk again to the ENT, he may just need grommets & stronger antibiotics to really clear the infection. Get yourself checked so you don't have the bacteria & give it to him.
(Not trying to be rude, it has happened before)

#10 Feral Madam Mim

Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:58 PM

I was told that if they have more than 5 bouts of tonsillitis a year then they will look at removing them (my ds2 hit 4 times a year).

#11 mum2jp

Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:21 AM

*update* 22/2

Took DS back to the gp today as his temp is up again and he has been on antibiotics for three days now. So his tonsillitis is clearing but he now has an ear infection in BOTH ears that has developed while on the medication. So gp has swapped medications and started him on another course of antibitoics. This is just crazy sad.gif . On a positive note i asked about the ENT and gp agreed it would be worth review, so i have a letter and just rang. The have an apointment avaliable march 14th so hopefully we get somewhere then because i can't keep pumping him full of anitbiotics, panadol and nurofen. It really worries me how much medication and how often he is having it. Thanks for the advice.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Trying to speed up the inevitable

As the waiting game of late pregnancy continues, this mum considers a few things that might hurry things up a little.

One month later: where is William Tyrell?

It has been a little over a month since William Tyrell disappeared from his grandmother's home, 33 long sleepless nights for his family as they mourn the absence of their cheeky young boy.

Winter's child less likely to be moody: study

Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up, while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.

Single mum of two creates award-winning baby app

Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O?Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.

Food for thought: looking after yourself as a new mum

As soon as your baby enters the world, everything else takes a back seat - even the necessities of daily life such as eating are severely compromised, right when you need energy the most.

'Grabbable guts' campaign aims to cut toxic fat

The Live Lighter campaign will take people inside the human body to show the internal dangers of being overweight.

The best and worst month of my life

A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.

Facebook and Apple offer to pay female staff to freeze their eggs

Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.

How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.

Finding a mum-friendly personal trainer

Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.

Ambulance service under fire: baby seats to go, response times 'worse than ever'

The NSW Ambulance Service is removing child-safety seats from ambulances, while the Victorian service is facing criticism over lengthy response times following the death of a three-year-old.

Alleged baby snatch incident a ?misunderstanding?, say police

Police say that an incident in which a man pulled on a woman?s pram while walking a popular Sydney route late last month was a misunderstanding.

Ebola killed my aunt and is shutting down my country

Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.

The night my ovary burst

One mum shares her frightening experience and vows to never take her health for granted again.

Is e-reading to your toddler story time or just screen time?

When reading increasingly means swiping pages on a device, and we're advised to read to their children early and often, should parents be turning to e-readers for storytime?

Community mourns inspiring young dad

A young dad who fought a five-year battle with cancer has been remembered for his inspiring legacy at a funeral service attended by hundreds of family and friends this week.

Meningococcal kills Queensland toddler

Public health authorities say the death of a toddler in north Queensland from meningococcal disease highlights the danger the illness poses.

Nicole Kidman: 'I hope every month that I'm pregnant'

Nicole Kidman is hoping to add to her family, but says she's doubtful it will happen.

Recall: Aldi Wooden London Bus play set

Aldi has announced a recall of their popular Wooden London Bus play set.

Great gift ideas for first birthdays

From soft toys to balance bikes, here are some great ideas for first birthday gifts.

Mum learnt she was pregnant hours before giving birth

Kim Walsh arrived at the doctor with abdominal cramps. Hours later, she was cradling the baby experts told her she could never have.

How cancer has made me a better, happier person

I'm a far better person post-cancer than I ever was before. The goal now is to stay around long enough to find out who I can become, and what I can achieve.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

Best and worst potty party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy

Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

Why I don't breastfeed

The truth was, when it came to feeding my baby son, I didn't want to see milk coming from anywhere but the shops.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

What's in a name?

Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.