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Mr. P, Mr. A, and Miss L - thank you very much for your input. After going through six different antibiotics since August, I know longer feel guilty about trying something extremely different with my two year old. In case I have forgotten to mention it lately (hah- the brain is foggy), my two year old has constant ear infections.
I am told that this all works together. His potential celiac disease, weak flora in his gut, multiple food allergies, and what seems like a weak immune system (weak or overworked, I just don't know.)
Anyway, I have read everything I can get my hands on, and now I am ready to try something new.
First step - prevention. What is causing his Estachian tube to become blocked and why can't his own immune system fight the infections?
I do not believe that indoor pollutants are the cause, as he did not come down with one ear infection all summer long. My house is just as dusty now as it was then, the dog is still here, etc. Still, I cleaned the heck out of his room this week and I am going to pay more attention to his room from here on out.
Seasonal allergies could be the cause, and I have decided to add an anti-inflammatory supplement to his diet. He will be getting 1/4 tsp of lemon flavored cod liver oil on a daily basis. (Try not to laugh, but this stuff comes highly recommended.)
I have reposted Dadamo's suggested food servings back up on my fridge, and I am following them more closely. (For example, my O has been requesting grilled cheese 6 days a week. Sorry pal, you are in for more beef. )
I will be attacking the very first sign of a cold with 500 mg of vitamin C and the early stages of an ear infection will multiple doses of ear drops.) I have now learned that you are supposed to warm them first (egads, I didn't know cold ear drops could be painful.)
I will be discontinuing the glass of water in a sippy cup at bedtime. Laying down and drinking (even water) can cause fluid to gather in his ears. Not all children's tubes angle downward.
Last but not least, if he is still suffering, then we will spend big bucks cleaning our air ducts and installing a HEPA filter. I will also stop bringing him to the YMCA daycare - at least for awhile.
I have been told to keep my son away from all daycares (even churches) if at all possible, but this is the most difficult step for me. #1) It will mean no more adult contact for myself, no more exercise, and no more guaranteed "peace and quiet" time. I also can't help but wonder if it will truly do any good, as he is exposed to germs through his older brother going to school. Not to mention, preschool is not that far away, unless I choose to keep him home until kindergarden.
I may just cut down on the amount of YMCA trips and try to go when my husband can watch the kids. Of course, that presents problems as well.
As I mentioned earlier, thank you Mr P, Mr A and Miss L. I will also investigate your suggestions. I feel like donning a helmet and shouting "On with the battle! I am ready for you now!"
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