November 25, 2013

Tommy Can You Hear Me?

We don't have too many ear infection horror stories, not nearly as many as lots of parents out there. Our kids don't seem to get very many which is great since we never hear about it when they do.

Beth was cleaning Owen's ears yesterday when he began alternately screaming and sobbing. He then informed us that his ear hurt. And had for a couple of days. After a quick doctor visit he was diagnosed with an ear infection. When we looked back at the last few days it all made perfect sense. This lack of complaining is par for the course with Owen, Mia and ear infections. Mia never complained until it was too late. We once took her to the doctor because we seriously believed she'd gone deaf. She was diagnosed with two massive ear infections and hadn't complained one bit. Last summer she had another doozie which left her with a ruptured eardrum. Again, no complaints.

The symptoms of ear infections just don't register with Mia or Owen until it's too late. They'll talk for hours about a scratch they got on the playground but god forbid they have a crippling (literally) ear infection.

Posted by Chris at November 25, 2013 7:12 AM | TrackBack

My brother and I also have these "silent" ear infections. Always have. No symptoms! The last time I had one, it took losing some hearing in that ear (temporarily) for me to go to the doc where I was promptly diagnosed with a massive ear infection.

But, you know, from what I hear ear pain SUCKS. So, it's kind of not a bad superpower to have, if you ask me.

Posted by: Erin at November 25, 2013 1:50 PM

Same here with my older daughter-- never suspected a thing until it was bad enough to jack up her temp. Had several doctor appts. where I was given the side-eye for not bringing her in sooner.

Posted by: leslie at November 26, 2013 8:39 AM

It sounds like they don't know to tell you that their ears hurt, though? Owen said it had hurt for a while...

Posted by: alektra at November 27, 2013 8:01 PM
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