Oct 19, 2011  •  In Aerin, Baby, Claire, Motherhood, Personal, Pregnancy

An Ear Infection, and 38 Weeks

Our Claire Bear has an ear infection. :-(

She woke up several times last night, which we had attributed to teething, and this morning flat-out refused to eat. Then, she woke up from her morning nap with a fever and proceeded to just cry and cry.

Coincidentally, Claire’s 1-year pediatrician visit was scheduled for later today. I called the doctor’s office and they told us to bring her in right away.

Our pediatrician prescribed us some amoxicillin, advised us to administer ibuprofen if the fevers persist, and told us not to worry too much.
 


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Thanks to the ibuprofen, Claire’s fever is now down and she is starting to smile again. But she still refuses to eat, and although we’ve put her down for a nap so that she can get some rest, she is fussing in her crib. (We cannot hold her or carry her to sleep because she has not been able to do that since we sleep-trained her at 4.5 months.)

This is the first time that Claire has been sick. I know that I should feel lucky that our daughter has not fallen ill for the entire first year of her life, and that I shouldn’t worry too much since ear infections are one of the most common illnesses among babies. But I can’t help but be overly concerned — I have been reading up on ear infections as soon as we returned from the doctor’s office — and I have even shed a few tears, just thinking about the pain and discomfort that my daughter must be going through.

If any parents can chime in on what has helped with your children’s ear infections, I would greatly appreciate it!

Now, onto BebeDeux…

I can’t believe that there are only two weeks left until BebeDeux’s due date! There isn’t too much to write in terms of an update — I am still feeling very uncomfortable — and while at this point of the pregnancy with Claire, I couldn’t wait for her to come out, I am hoping that BebeDeux stays in there for as long as possible because I’m still scared sh*tless about becoming a mother to two children who are just 13 months apart.

I had my weekly OB visit yesterday, and it was a memorable one because my doctor asked if I would mind if a medical resident joined us for the exam. I agreed, and as the doc began the ultrasound (I get one every visit because our OB practice has a small ultrasound machine on premises), he began a little lecture:

This patient presents a special case because she was diagnosed with acute appendicitis during her second trimester and had to have an appendectomy as a result. Can you tell me what to look out for with appendicitis in pregnancy?

Additionally, the doc would point out specific things on the ultrasound, ask further questions, and so forth…heck, even I learned quite a few things!

And the entire time, I couldn’t help but be extremely fascinated, because it felt exactly like I was a patient on one of my favorite medical shows, like “Scrubs” or “Grey’s Anatomy”!


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Once again the doctors couldn’t find anything to be concerned about — I have tested negative for all possible infections and complications, my blood pressure remains normal and steady, there still remains plenty of amniotic fluid, and BebeDeux remains head-down and rear-facing.

I asked the doctor if second children usually tend to be larger than the first, because that’s what everyone’s been telling me, and he said that this is another widely-believed myth. He took BebeDeux’s measurements and estimated that she will probably weigh in the 6-7 lb range, just as Claire was at birth (she was 6 lbs 7 oz).

He offered to do an internal exam to see if I am dilated or effaced at all, but I refused. Remembering my experience with Claire — I was still only 1cm dilated and 30% effaced just 12 hours before going into labor — I know that these numbers really can’t predict much about when the baby will arrive!

One last thing about the exam: when I told the doctor that I am hoping for a 11/1/11 birthday but how J wants me to go over my due date so that BebeDeux can come on 11/11/11, he laughed and said that if I do go a week over my due date, he will schedule me to be induced on 11/11!

9 Responses to “An Ear Infection, and 38 Weeks”

  1. Well I don’t have kids, but when I was a child myself I was the queen of ear infections. My mom was totally freaking out about them because she had had some permanent ear damage because of them (that was in the 40’s, post-war in Europe, she didn’t get the right treatment – don’t be scared, it doesn’t happen anymore nowadays!)
    Anyway what worked for me was homeopathy. I mean, pain was gone in less than 8 hours and for good! That might be something to consider – I had topical drops to put in the ears as well, when necessary, but mostly the homeopathy was doing all the work when I would wake up my parents in the middle of the night in pain!

    • Thanks for the link! We haven’t tried the onion remedy yet because we were so overwhelmed yesterday, and since Claire seems to be feeling better today we’re crossing our fingers that we won’t have to. However, I did bookmark the link for future reference!

  2. So sorry to hear that Claire is sick. Ear infections seem to be super common with babies though (I had a ton as a kid). Glad to hear that her fever is coming down. I’ll keep my fingers crossed she’s back to being completely healthy by the time your second arrives!

  3. Mina:

    i hope claire feels better soon! and glad to hear your appointment went well–i can’t believe only a couple more weeks! eek!

  4. JMeg:

    (Remember, if you find this boring…that you asked!)

    Baby one had bad ear infections. He became resistant to antibiotics. We put him on a homepathic regimen (through a homeopath, not just counter buys) and he cleared up. Never had a problem since.

    Baby 2 had bad ear infections, right after another, and was also resistant to antibiotics, and homeopathics didn’t work. She ended up having tubes (which I had HELLACIOUS fits about), but was fine ever since.

    Baby 3…..At from the age of 3 months until 15 months had ear infections every month. Maybe it was the same one. either way, she was resistant to ALL antibiotics—although they would lessen the amount of fluid on her ear, it would never clear. At 7 months, she got tubes (again, me having fits). At 9 months, she had ear infections again. At 14 months I had had enough and they tried to send me BACK to the ENT for another set of tubes, in steel (she’s so punk). We tried homeopathy and chiropractic and EVERYTHING and then….we took her to a kinesiologist. He found (in an hour, no less!) that she was allergic to apples and dairy. We took her off of them, and she’s been perfect ever since.

    Much love, if you want any more info (I can’t bear to bore you any longer!) than let me know… Good luck with BebeDeux, mamacita…. you’ll do wonderfully! :)

  5. amanda KB:

    Babies (and kids in general) are prone to getting ear infections when they are teething because the inflammation from the cutting gums spreads to the eustacean tubes and plugs them up. Once closed up, they don’t drain and bacteria can build up- ear infection. That swelling can also cause an infection that occurs in ear to spread to the other. Even without infection the closed up tube can be painful.

    Think about reducing the swelling (ibuprofen) and suckling to encourage the tubes to drain: popsicles, ice cubes, bottle, frozen wet wash cloth.

    Hang in there! You’ll be a fine mom of two (you already are!)

  6. I’m catching up on blog reading, but I’m glad to read (in your later post) that Claire is feeling better!

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