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daviddoesntgetit August 10th, 2015, 10:39 pm

It's been fun talking to Brad again and hanging out with Joshua and Bernard.

I'm extremely tired and I have a lot to do this week. Also, Joshua and his ear infection is acting the exact same way Connor did where I had to carry him around to get him to stop crying, if I stopped or sat down he'd pick it up again.

Babies. Why.

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Popculturejesus August 11th, 2015, 12:09 am

Well, part of the reason he settles when you carry him is because movement helps babies with ear infections. The motion helps keep the infection from settling and causing pain. It might help is you can get a hold of a baby swing or a vibrating baby seat. They tend to go from about $25-$50.

Also, if he keeps getting ear infections make sure to ask the doctor about getting tubes put in his ears. It helps the ears drain which keeps infections from occurring!

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daviddoesntgetit August 11th, 2015, 12:11 am

@Popculturejesus: Holy shit, you're amazing, thank you. Holy shit!

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Popculturejesus August 11th, 2015, 3:08 am

oh of course! A couple other things you can do to try and help:

-Try putting a wet, warm compress against the infected ear
-Make sure his ears are clean! Putting 2 drops of body temperature water in the ear and cleaning it out with a small bit of cotton
-Swallowing causes the ears to re-pressurize. It's why swallowing helps your ears pop. Feeding him when he's upset might help alleviate some of his pain because it will help force the infection to drain.

Hope this helps!

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MoogleSam August 11th, 2015, 8:47 am

Motion tends to be soothing for babies when they are in pain or upset.

With an ear infection if it doesn't clear up after a few days, it can be best to go to the doctor to get a prescription and to ask a pharmacist about over-the-counter eardrops that can help, as well as some over-the-counter painkillers (some have age restrictions though so check before buying and check dosage before giving to him as kids get less than adults).

Pressing something warm against the infected ear can help - but do not press something wet against the ear (warmth is soothing to us, but warmth + moisture could make a bacterial infection worse as bacteria thrive in those conditions).

The ear infection should clear up in a few weeks especially if you get medication for it - but if it doesn't seem to get any better, revisit the doctor as different antibiotics may be needed or it could be a condition like glue ear (rather than an infection) which takes a few months to clear up (glue ear is basically when fluid builds up deep in the ear - it usually drains away naturally).

If he keeps getting a lot of ear infections or if he gets persistent glue ear it may be suggested to get tubes in his ears to drain out any fluid build up - short-term ones are best if it does come to this as they will naturally pop out after 6-12 months, but long-term ones may be considered later in life if he keeps getting a lot of them and it affects his balance when walking or is interfering with his hearing.

In general, just try to keep him warm and well-fed (got to have energy to keep that immune system working) and make sure he gets plenty of rest (we use less energy over all while sleeping so we tend to recover faster during sleep than when awake).

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Everyfing, Anyfing & Nofing. August 12th, 2015, 8:52 pm

Hope little joshua feels better!

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Switzerland (Guest) August 12th, 2015, 11:00 pm

Is Brad truly helping you raise Joshua now?

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SOABS August 14th, 2015, 8:10 am

OMG it's really cool Brad is helping you out, I don't know much about looking after a baby though

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roxjey August 17th, 2015, 8:02 pm

Im really glad he is helping you and that you are talking again. say hi to lil joshua and i hope he gets better

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kikibug September 20th, 2015, 7:39 pm

Student doctor here. The reason babies and kids get so many ear infections is because the ear to throat canal is horizontal in them. As we age, the canal becomes more vertical and the nastiness in our ears more easily drains into our esophagus.

A simple remedy to this is the Galbreath technique. you can look up a video, but basically you are applying a gentle traction force to the mandible to 'pull' the canal and help it drain. Works on adults too! :D Joshua will probably like the attention either way...although by now he should probably be more or less over the ear infection