Is It An Ear Infection, Or Are You Just Being A Toddler?
My nearly 2-year-old son is healthy. Thank God for that. It’s something I am truly grateful for every day. He rarely ever gets sick, hardly ever gets a cold. I can count on one hand the number of times he’s had a fever. He didn’t have his first runny nose until a trip up north when he was 10 months old in the dead of winter (and then it was the saddest/cutest thing to listen to his little piggy snorts as he tried to sleep). And ear infections? My kid? Never.
There were times I was convinced he had ear infections. I would drag him out to the pediatrician, give the line “he’s REALLY fussy… and I think he’s pulling on his ears.” Nope. Never an ear infection. Always something abstract like colic or teething. So I sort of came to a point when I figured, eh, maybe my kid just doesn’t get ear infections. Perhaps I was a bit too cocky about it. Maybe it went to my head.
A couple months back I took him into the pediatrician for a diaper rash, only to discover he had not one ear infection, but TWO. It seemed, in a strategic move to put myself in the running for Worst Mother Of The Year, I dismissed his extreme crankiness for him being almost two and his exhaustion for him coming down from his Tasmanian Devil high. It never even occurred to me to wonder if he had an ear infection, and I’m sort of glad those strawberries made his butt breakout the way they did.
So now I’m back to worrying and wondering. It’s hard with a 2 year old to know if the irritability is coming from the general nature of a frustrated toddler or from something amiss with their health. I was glad to learn that Born Free’s Drinking Cups decrease the risk of middle ear infections, and I made sure to put those in heavy rotation around here. So far, we haven’t had any repeat ear infections… that I know of. Of course, we haven’t been back to the pediatrician in a while. Who knows what they’ll tell me next time we’re in.
Comment to win: What are some of the signals your child gives you when they are sick or have an ear infection?
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Contest ends April 5, 2010