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11/04/2013 at 08:53
just wondered if I could ask your advice please.
do you remember me saying about J who's had a non stop earache/infection and the doctor said it was fuzzy and you said to take him back? Well when I took him back the doctor said again he has inflamed ears, gave him a 10 day course of a stronger medicine and asked to see him again in 10 days. Well he isn't getting any better at all, pulling his ears constantly, even getting a bit wobbly and clumsy now, crying alot, has been sick a few times. his medicine seems to be (tmi) ruining his stomach and going straight through him. I don't think I can wait another week. Do you think I could take him straight to a and e to see a paed? or is he not 'unwell enough' I don't know what to do for him.
11/04/2013 at 09:17
I wonder if you need to see an ENT doctor. Your GP clearly is not managing it, and it's a continuing problem.
11/04/2013 at 09:25
It sounds like he's had otitis media which is basically a build up of pus at the eardrum and the gp hasn't been able to visualise the eardrum due to pus (or they have and they need to make sure there isn't perforation that's why you need to go back), he's been on those a while now hasn't he? Around a week??? I think I'd take him back to go (urgent appt) tell him what your concerns are and the gp can refer to ent. X
11/04/2013 at 09:28
antibiotics can give you a funny tummy (and can cause thrush too), so I wouldn't bee too worried by this. I would be more concerned that it's affecting his balance. Also, 10 days is a long time for a little one to be on antibiotics, generally for an ear infection they would only be prescribed for a week, just at a stronger dose. How many days has he been on the new medication? I think I would be tempted to take him to a and e given how unwell he sounds, but understand why you're reluctant! how is his temp? is he eating/drinking? I think LLL is right about ENT doctor, but I would say you're more likely to get quicker results through a and e rather than waiting for a GP referral? At the end of the day you're just a worried mum and a and e will be totally used to it, you know if he isn't right/ is getting worse, and you've already taken him to the GP so a and e would be my next port of call! Your ears are so delicate and infection can cause havoc!
11/04/2013 at 09:36
He's had a weeks worth of amoxicillin that did nothing, he has been on these other ones for 5 days 4 x2.5 ml a day, surely they should start to work by now? He seems to be getting worse not better. He's seen the doctors 4 times now and its still not sorted, after nearly 4 weeks of it, I just feel sorry for him. His temps are up and down whichcalpol can control but carpool Is doing nothing for the pain. He isnt overly fussed about eating and drinking now.
I think I'm going to take him. He has cried non stop this morning, keeps putting his ears to the floor and wants a cuddle.
Thanks all, I think I need him to be checked properly now, its gone on too long x
11/04/2013 at 09:44
If nothing else it will put your mind at rest, and I think I would be doing the same! If calpol is doing nothing for the pain you could try nurofen for kids if you have any? It can be given from 3 months, not sure how old he is! And i think if its affecting his eating/drinking then he needs seeing sooner rather than later? Hope he gets on ok, let us know x
11/04/2013 at 10:46
Mrs hms you aren't likely to get a quicker ent referral through a&e at all. The gp can do urgent out patient referrals/same day referrals or routine referrals.
I'd take him to a&e if he is drowsy/not to berating fluids/short of breath/dangerously high temp etc
11/04/2013 at 10:53
Sorry CP, was just speaking from experience, I had recurrent ear infections when I was a student and saw my GP at least 6 times, and was on a waiting list to see a consultant but ended up feeling worse on a BH weekend and going to a and e, and saw ENT consultant the next day!
11/04/2013 at 10:54
Oh gosh I hope he's ok. I'd also get back to your GP for a referral. Poor little man xx
11/04/2013 at 11:08
Laruen - did you look into the ear osteopath?
11/04/2013 at 14:03
Update: I took him, they have again changed medicine to a stronger one for another 5 days. The paediatrician wants me to insist on my doctor giving me a referral (she can't do it, but has written it in the notes back to the doctor)
Hopefully these will start working soon!
Thanks everyone xx
Bexy, I did google and found lots of forum conversations about it. Do you know how she got in touch with one?
11/04/2013 at 14:16
It's good that the paediatrician has recommended it. You'll get a copy of the letter they send to the GP. Your GP can't really say no now. Hope the referral comes through soon!
11/04/2013 at 14:34
Thanks LLL, I feel better for having seen someone today
11/04/2013 at 16:59
I think she had a reccomendation from another friend - ill see what i can find out for you
11/04/2013 at 17:59
Lauren, if you see a consultant and need anything explaining/help, just shout me. I do kids ENT as my job so can try and help.
11/04/2013 at 18:15
Thanks bexy that would be great!
Oh brilliant LLL thanks. What would you think they will do, if anything?x
11/04/2013 at 18:42
If it's a continuing problem of fluid build up behind the ear causing infection and hearing loss then possibly grommets. I've got a good blog piece about ear infections I can send you if you want to read it?
11/04/2013 at 20:23
Yes please that would be lovely x
11/04/2013 at 20:56
Glad you're in the system at least. As a teen I had horrendous ear infections. The pus was actually blue it was so infected in there (gp called all his colleagues in to look!). A week and about 3 drugs later I went privately to an ent consultant who realised I had eczema in my ear canals which had let in infection. I think S has it too actually.
11/04/2013 at 21:00
Oh really WS, that does sound bad.
That's interesting you say about eczema thou because J has really sensitive skin and an eczema type rash on his cheeks he's had for a while now. You never know if it's related
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