My baby is 10 months old and for the first time ever, she has an ear infection. In fact, it's a double ear infection. My other two kids never had ear infections, but my niece had them all the time, and before her, a little girl that used to live with my had them all the time too. So where I'm not completely inexperienced, I haven't been through it with my own kids, you know? So I have a couple of questions....
With my niece and the other little girl, they started getting ear infections pretty much from day 1. Is it normal to not get a first ear infection until 10 months? I read somewhere that the older a child is, the worse the infection can be, but the less likely it will be a recurring thing. Is that true???
When I'm giving her a bath, and I'm rinsing her hair, is it okay if the water runs into her ears a bit, or should I not wash her hair at all until she's over the ear infection (it's not swimmer's ear)?
What can I feed her to avoid the adverse affects of the antibiotic she is on (I've heard that antibiotics can cause diarrhea, nausea, and other such fun)?
What can I do for her poor little nose? It's all chapped and raw from being so horribly snotty and disgusting! I put vaseline on it, but is there anything else I can do?
Any other advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!