Monday, March 22, 2010

Bennett is 10 months!

Bennett turned 10 months old last weekend... it's crazy to think that she will be 1 in May! You'll notice that in the pictures she is not wearing her glasses since they are broken already... we didn't even have them for a week! Thankfully insurance covers broken glasses so we have a new pair on order.
We are in the process of getting a referral from her pediatrician for a second opinion on her eyes from the UofI hospitals. They have pediatric eye doctors, who we feel would be better suited for Bennett's eye condition. I liked the doctor we saw at The North Iowa Eye Clinic, but everyone in Iowa knows that the university is the best place to go. So there's a good chance that it will be June before we can actually get an appointment and start the process again. Until then, I will do my best to get Bennett to wear her glasses, but I will not be patching her eye... I have heard conflicting opinions on whether patching is really the best thing to do. Bennett has been sick a lot this winter! 3 ear infections since thanksgiving has made our nights very difficult! She is allergic to penicillin which means that finding a medication to treat the infections has been hard... she's been on a different med with each infection and they just don't seem to be working... right now we are on day 11 with her meds from a double ear infection and she is still showing signs of infection... pulling at her ears, fever, cranky, and not sleeping well at night. I am considering asking her pediatrician for a referral to get tubes in her ears... Conrad has them and her Dr even said that her chances of needing tubes is higher b/c they run in the family. I am at a total loss... my 10 month old doesn't sleep through the night b/c more often than not she is in pain! Her not sleeping through the night means nobody in our house sleeps good... We have a small 2 bdrm house and all the kids are in the same room with our room 10ft away. Any suggestions or advice on what I should do to help her ears and her sleeping?? I know that ear infection season is close to an end, but the fall is not that far away either and I don't want to be dealing with this all over again!


  1. Happy 10 months to Bennett! Ear infections are tough! My daughter had 4 ear infections last winter, from between 6 and 10 months old. I was in the same position, with it being the end of cold & flu season, not sure what to do. We decided to go ahead and do tubes in the middle of May. I don't regret it one bit! She has not had more than a minor cold ever since! I hope your little one feels better soon, no matter what you decide.

  2. Thanks for your comment Autumn! She finished her medicine last night and we've had 2 good nights in a row now, so hopefully she is over this infection and we can keep her healthy for the next month. Ear infections are no fun for anybody and I agree that tubes are a great problem solver!