Ok, let me start by saying that when Caroline was a smaller child (infant-present) she has never really been sick. She has never been on an antibiotic, never! No ear infections, nothing.
So when Will came along and required lots of medical attention, it was really uncharted territory for me. This has all been new.
I took Will to the pediatrician today. Here are his symptoms or lack there of:
No cold symptoms (no runny nose, cough, etc).
Crabby, more than usual.
Sleeping through the night (about 11-12 hours per night).
Occasionally sticks his finger in his ear.
Since I had noticed that he has been sticking his finger in his ears some times, I decided to take him in to have his ears checked. I really wanted to check because it is Friday and I didn't want to have to wait until Monday if his symptoms did change.
Diagnosis: Ear infection.
It has always been my understanding that if there is an infection that the child will likely run a fever. Not Will. Really the only reason I even considered ear infection was because of the finger in the ears.
He has had 3 ear infections since September. I asked the doctor how many infections does a child need to have before they are referred to an ENT. She said that if the child has 5-6 infections during a year. My response: A YEAR??!! I am not going to wait that long to determine if he needs ear tubes or not. Am I wrong?
Here are my thoughts:
He already has speech delay and if he has fluid behind his ears that could cause his hearing to be off, thus causing more speech delay. Plus, some RTS kiddos are prone to hearing loss because of issues like these. I am not willing to take that chance. A year just seems like too long time to "wait and see".
So I think that I am going to make an appointment with an ENT. Sometimes I feel like I have no clue what to do.