Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: When my son was two years old, he started on the not-very-merry-go-round of recurrent ear infections. No sooner did we clear up one infection than he was coming down with the next.
My son’s pediatrician wanted to have tubes put into his ears. But I gave my son a safe children’s nighttime decongestant each night for two months. The goal was to dry out the Eustachian tubes. When those tiny tubes become clogged, the middle ear fluid starts to build up, and that can lead to ear infections. The decongestants worked, and my son never had ear infections again. (Talk with your child’s pediatrician before giving your child this or any medication.)
—Dana S. Simpler, MD, a mom of 25- and 20-year-old girls and a 23-year-old son and a specialist in internal medicine in private practice, in Baltimore, MD