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Ear Infections

“I don’t know one child who hasn’t had an ear infection.”  I heard a friend say this one day.  I agreed with her to a degree, but then I thought my almost one-year-old hadn’t had one.  I counted myself lucky – especially since I had countless ear infections as a child.  I was secretly hoping she was the exception to the rule, and she’d escape getting one!

Then last week my daughter got a cold.  I didn’t think much about it since a runny nose and a cough seem to come and go within cold a flu season.  She was much more cranky than normal, and Friday I knew something was really wrong.  I called the pediatrician and got her in for a visit.  Sure enough it was a DOUBLE ear infection!

Mommy guilt.  It kicked in high gear.  Poor babies can’t tell you how they’re feeling, and it’s such a guessing game! According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the eustachian tube in the ear becomes blocked and fluid starts to accumulate.  Then bacteria starts to grow.  The only way to detect this is to have a pediatrician detect the inflammation.

Moral of the story?  Never think your child is the exception to the rule, and when in doubt call the pediatrician!