Re: Ear Infections... Isn't bfing supposed to help keep these at bay?
If you are going to give antibiotics at all, it's very important to finish the entire dose or else it can lead to future, more severe ear infections. I don't know if this is the case for you, but thought I'd throw it out there as a possibility.
I don't know anything about natural treatments, but I can tell you that after treating three ear infections in the first 6 months (with abx) I fortunately got a new pediatrician who allowed us to have a 'wait and see' approach to ear infections. If it wasn't really bad he'd let us treat the symptoms (I used tylenol) and wait and see if the infection would go away on its own in a few days. He does a recheck in 3-5 days and every time it has gone away without abx. Nora hasn't had abx in nearly a year.
I think it's important to let your ped know that you don't want a 'quick fix'. Often they see parents who simply want the medicine and don't want to deal with a sick baby and don't want to have to come back in to recheck in a few days. If you let your doc know that you are willing to wait and see instead of immediately getting abx s/he may work with you. If s/he won't work with you maybe you can find a different ped who will.
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