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It certainly does sound like an allergy to the Augmentin which I think is a penicillin drug. Most people can tolerate the drug okay, but there are some that do have a sensitivity to it. One of my sons has hives with it.

If your child is having repeated ear infections and the ENT has recommended grommets (tubes) I would tend to have them done. Only because at such a young age there is a potential for hearing loss later on with chronic ear infections.

I have a 14 year old who has had to have four lots of grommets put in since he was two. He tends to have a lot of ear infections and he has had a couple of ruptured ear drums because of the infection. His ENT specialist sends him for hearing tests every few years to ensure it is okay.

Did your doctor explain why he is against tubes in the ears? I know that the procedure takes five minutes to do in the operating theatre and the child can go home the same day. The childs behavior changes over night and they become more settled and usually do not require any more antibiotics.

In most instances, one lot of grommets will be all that is necessary, there are some cases, as with my son, where grommets will be necessary every few years.

If your child has an allergy to the antibiotic, it is not safe to continue giving her these. The reaction she gets will increase with each course. There are other non penicillin antibiotics available that are more suitable for ear infections. In Australia the one of choice is Ceclor.

If you are unsure as to what to do, it may be worthwhile seeking a second opinion.


It sounds like an allergic reaction to me too. I am allergic to penicillin. Oh about 6 months ago, I took some other sulpha-based anitbiotics, which I have taken before, and weeks later I got Hives all over my body. I am now allergic to these. It was SO BAD. The itch and pained actually felt like burning. Benydryl (sp?) did NOT help me AT ALL. The doctor put me on prednisone and some other anti-itch pill for a week. That DID help.

You are lucky that your little one can communicate this much to you.

I am glad that you saw an ENT specialist. Having these tubes put in will would probably help a lot. My cousin had several sizes put in from about age 3 to maybe 6 or so... Anyway, after he had them put in he was able to hear better (his mother noticed that he didn't TALK SO LOUDLY as before and responded earlier to family discussions). He's fine now without them of course.

I am a parent, and I think it is very scary to think about having this tiny person "put under" to have these inserted. However, it may be the best choice. Are there any other alternatives that you have discussed with the specialist?