Sleeping Like a Baby at Night:

Harvey Toddler Gets Relief from Chronic Ear Infections and Enlarged Adenoids

By age five, most every child will have had at least one painful ear infection, but when ear infections and/or fluid in the middle ear become a chronic problem leading to other issues, such as hearing loss or behavior and speech problems, other measures may be needed.

For two-year-old Alexis Leverette of Harvey, six ear infections in as many months meant non-stop doctor visits and antibiotics. To make matters worse, her father Kevin says Alexis snored and displayed heavy breathing at night. "My wife and I were very worried," he said.

After researching ear, nose and throat specialists online, Kevin contacted Sherry Fishkin, M.D., ear, nose and throat specialist on staff at Ingalls, who diagnosed chronic middle ear infections and enlarged adenoids.

An audiogram showed that Alexis' hearing was comprised by the recurrent infections too, which, in turn, affected her speech. Dr. Fishkin recommended removal of the adenoids to improve Alexis' breathing and the insertion of ear tubes to drain the fluid from her middle ear.

"Ear tubes are often recommended when a patient experiences recurrent middle ear infection or has hearing loss caused by the persistent presence of middle ear fluid," Dr. Fishkin explained. Ear tubes are inserted through an outpatient surgical procedure that usually lasts less than 15 minutes, and patients awaken quickly.

Alexis underwent the combination outpatient procedure at Ingalls in October and experienced immediate improvements in her breathing and hearing.

"Alexis is doing well now. Her snoring has improved and hearing has normalized," Dr. Fishkin said.

"Alexis is sleeping like a baby at night," Kevin added. "She's active and the pronunciation of her words is much better. She's singing all the time. Dr. Fishkin was a miracle worker. My wife and I couldn't be happier."

For more information or a referral to an ear, nose and throat specialist, call Ingalls Care Connection at 708.915.CARE (2273).

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