Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Crud

The Crud--every year we get some version of an upper respiratory infection and, at some point, we all end up with it. Last week it started with Christian. Towards the weekend the rest of us were feeling achy and not quite well. Christian missed one day of school last week. Andrew missed on Monday. I have laryngitis...every infection I get always starts there and then moves down. Poor Miss Lu is so congested and has an ear infection. Andrew is back at school. I'm feeling a wee bit better and Miss Lu, I think she is finally feeling a little bit better too.

What I'm really struggling with is whether to give her the antibiotic? Yesterday I took her to the pediatrician and he said she had the beginning of an ear infection. I really don't want to give her the antibiotic. But, with just one ear, what to do? She was supposed to get a tube in that precious ear last October but ended up having the emergency surgery on her teeth last September moving up the date for surgery and the ENT was not able to squeeze time in to put the tube in. I'm not sure if this makes any

I thought I would give her Kefir for the probiotic (while giving her the prescription) and then read that I can't give this to her while on the antibiotic. Ooops.... if I decide to give her the antibiotic then I will give her the probiotic after she completes the entire 10 day course.

I really respect the advice written here on Dr. Mercola's

Any suggestions? Do you give your kids antibiotics for ear infections? Lucey also started swim lessons last week and was doing so well. Of course we have not been this week. She is so disappointed. Mom's of kiddos with microtia...what do you do? Do you go the added extra mile to protect that one ear? Lucey had so many ear infections last winter and spring....I thought the tube would be the answer.

Thanks for your help!

PS...Lucey's lips and nose are so sore...she loves her Hello Kitty chap stick...I think that's safe enough. ;-)

PSS...Ron has been on a business trip for the past 8 days. He is coming home today! I'm so happy. I told him he may want to wear a mask. :-)


  1. Beth, It was so good to hear from you! I don't get to update my blog as often as I would like. I miss you and your family! I love seeing the pictures. That Max looks just like our granddog! Ha. Hope you are all well now. I will try to keep up with your blog more often!
    In Christ,
    Suzanne Heinz

  2. Praying for you all to feel better~ SO not fun to be sick. Blessings!

  3. As you know Zoe has microtia/atresia also. We've been very fortunate that she hasn't had any ear infections. I do take her to the doctor though whenever she has a fever or I think she may have one, because I was told by our specialist that we need to take very good care of that ear. She's been getting hearing test quite frequently lately because her good eardrum has been retracted and has fluid behind it and her test have showed hearing loss. So weve been following this closely and have even discussed possibly getting a tube in that ear. My oldest son had chronic ear infections and seem to be on antibiotic continuously until he was nine months old and we got him his first set of tubes. His hearing improved significantly and he had hardly any ear infections afterwards. We did however had to get three different sets of tubes until the age of 6 because some of them fell out sooner than we anticipated and the ear infections started again. Let me know if you have any other questions.



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