cwilldesign wrote:I see what you're saying. But I didn't buy this because I want my pediatrician to drop an Rx over the phone for me. Not that they would anyway - in fact I'm pretty sure most doctors won't (and shouldn't) do this anyway.
I bought it because I am sick of paying $100 per doctor visit to find out (once again) that my baby does not in fact have an ear infection but he is just teething. Some babies grab at their ears when they are teething so it is easy to assume they might have an ear infection when they actually don't.
I also want to throw out there that the AAP has recommended a "watch and wait" for most children with ear infections - so it isn't necessarily a matter of antibiotics at all. For those who like a more holistic approach, there are OTC antibacterial oils which work well for some people. Though these can only be used if the eardrum is not perforated - which again can be determined by using the scope.
I can't imagine why your husband would bring up a brain bleed at all. As if every mother of a child with an earache should rush to the ER because there is that .005% chance their kid might have a brain bleed. I mean... come on.
This was based on me asking him what he looks for when he checks ears, especially for kids that have frequent ear infections. I hear him talk to parents all the time and I hear the frustration of parents who brought their kids in when their ears could go either way (get better or worse), only to have to bring their kids back 2 days later when it gets worse and needs antibiotics. The whole "brain abscess" (infection, not bleed) was enough explanation for me.
What it comes down to is, know your kids, know yourself, but don't go suing your doctor or get disgruntled because you didn't act soon enough or didn't follow recommendations and it resulted in a bad outcome. Feel free to question your doctor. Feel free to change doctors if you aren't happy or comfortable with your current doctor.
When it doubt go to the ER. Skip the immediate care or doctor at your local pharmacy. Then FOLLOW UP with your doctor. Your doctor should know you and your history.
My husband and his associates see every sick kid that calls THAT day. You might end up with a 6:00 PM or 8:00 PM appointment, but being at home waiting is better than sitting in the ER with a crabby kid for hours with sicker people. Been there, done that with a 1 year old that needed stitches.