Would you take her to the pool?.....

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Would you take her to the pool?.....
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Sun, 07-13-2003 - 9:43am
My 4 year old DD (Abby)has had ear infections almost constantly since last November. She has always had them frequently but now they are almost constant. She is currently on an antibiotic for the next three weeks and she will then see an allergist in August. The Ped would like us to try allergy shots for 6 months before we try surgery.(Abby has epilepsy so the thought of anesthesia is scary.)She LOVES the pool and the Ped told me to take her swimming because it wouldn't be fair to her to keep her away since she has the infections anyways.(She doesn't have a snotty nose or anything like that.)DH is having a fit and doesn't think I should take her until this current infection is cleared up but if we wait three weeks then the pools will be closed. She doesn't swim underwater, she is just learning to put her face in. Basically she loves to float around on her ring and play with buckets and toys.


What do you think?

Karla

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Sun, 07-13-2003 - 1:17pm
What about ear plugs? I know there are ear plugs you can get specifically for swimming, and that might help Abby be able to swim, and minimize the chances of another ear infection. Another idea - for the backyard - instead of getting a kiddy pool, get one of those sprinkler things that you hook the hose up to and then it sprays water. I got one this year (my son is a little over a year, and I'm too paranoid to put up the pool). It is a lot of fun, and no one gets water in their ears. :-)
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Mon, 07-14-2003 - 9:03am
I would let her go. However, since there are a lot of germs in public pools, I would use ear plugs (they have them for kids) or if you want an easy very inexpensive option, try silly putty. We used that all the time, since it molds to the ear and doesn't allow any water in. I'd also use them for hair washing too.

Good luck with the allergist. I'm getting ready to take my little one to the allergist too, I believe SHE has milk allergies along with peanut butter and eggs!

Lisa

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Mon, 07-14-2003 - 11:06am
Silly Putty?? Well that's a new one. I'll have to try that.



Thanks,

Karla

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Mon, 07-14-2003 - 11:52am
For as weird as it sounds, its MUCH softer than regular ear plug was..so it doesn't hurt as much when you are trying to mold it to their little ears.

My mom used that on my brother LONG before there were waxy plugs for kids!

Lisa

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Tue, 07-15-2003 - 11:29am
What does her doctor say? Pardon me but placing silly putty in a child's ear is the dummest thing I have ever hard of. What happens if a little silly putty gets back in the childs ear? How are you going to get it out. The small hairs in the ear could retain small part of silly putty. This is not a water soluble material and would be hard to remove. The idea deserves a darwin award.
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Wed, 07-16-2003 - 10:29am
that is something that I hadn't thought of. Thanks for your thoughts.


Karla

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Wed, 07-16-2003 - 11:47am
1st of all the silly putty was recommended by a ENT! That's EAR nose and Throat DOCTOR! 2nd of all what keeps little pieces of that other EAR WAX from doing exactly the same thing.

Personally, me thinks you ought to watch how you say it when you disapprove of something..or just keep your opinions to yourself!

Lisa

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Wed, 07-16-2003 - 4:27pm
Fisrt off, just because a ENT DOCTOR said it is true, would you beleive everything 1 doctor told, you? Sorry, I don't subscribe to that train of thought. I question everything my doctor says for me or my child (which is a special needs child). So I have had my experience with doctors. So a doctor says something, he/she has a MD. This does't mean he or they are smart than I. Just more specialized eduction. Why would you put silicone oil with boric acid in your child's ear? These are the main chemical compounds of silly putty. Do you know that boric acid is used to kill roaches? Not something I want my kid around. As far as the ear wax, this hopefully is a medically aproved (fda or otherwise) product for the childrens ear while swimming. I would like to see the doctor's expression in the ER if someone brought the child in with silly putty stuck in the ear, from their parent.

If someone is going to something to a child which may injury them, you bet your booty that I will speak up. In this contexts I really don't care what other people think. But then maybe my statment will make them stop and think, "What in the heck am I doing"?

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Mon, 07-21-2003 - 1:27pm
I have a feeling that ANYTHING I say here you are going to argue with...

So, I've just decided to agree to disagree. I know what works for ME and for MY kids. It was simply a suggestion so that her dd could ENJOY part of her summer...One SHE could decide weather or not to use.

Lisa