Picture this – it’s midnight – your child is fussy, grumpy maybe even feverish. He may or may not be pulling on his ears. What’s up? Is it just an oncoming cold or could it be an oncoming (or already here) ear infection. Should you just watch your child or take him as soon as possible to the doctor? Want an easier way to tell?
I had the opportunity to try out the EarCheck Middle Ear Monitor – which claims to be able to accurately detect the presence fluid in the ear. If there is fluid in the middle ear (behind the eardrum) there is a very good chance that your child has an ear infection.
I tried the EarCheck out on myself first, just to see how loud it was and how it worked. The beeping (more like chirping) wasn’t loud at all and the reading came back in seconds – green (as I figured it would be). I next tried the EarCheck out on my son – he didn’t squirm and it didn’t bother him at all. Again the reading came back green (again, as I figured it would be).
The website claims that the device has been used and is recommended by Pediatricians. So, I did a little detective work and found that – indeed – the EarCheck is recommended by Doctors.
I think the EarCheck is an incredibly cool device. This could save unnecessary trips to the doctor’s office and worries that you might have to miss work the next day. Keep in mind though – that even though your child may have an ear infection, it may not be bad enough to warrant antibiotics. So please don’t run to your doctor waving around your EarCheck yelling for medicine!
BUY IT: You can purchase the EarCheck at Target, Wal-Mart, CVS and other drug stores. You can also purchase one off the EarCheck website. To find a retailer near you – you can call 1-888-EAR-CHEK.
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