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.

WIN IT : We’ve partnered with EarCheck to giveaway one unit of EarCheck Middle Ear Monitor worth $49.95 to one of our readers. To enter, here’s what you need to do:

  •  One entry – Let us know in our comment section here why you would like to win EarCheck
  • Three additional entries if you  Add to Technorati Favorites AND/OR
  • Three additional entries if you tweet this post (please leave your Twitter id)
  • Giveaway is open to US shipping addresses only.
  • Giveaway closes on 28th April 2009 and a winner will be picked using Random.Org. We will not be emailing winners, so please make sure you subscribe to our feed or check back here for the winner announcement post.

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      A Casson says:

      oh I’d like to win because this would be good for my son and the entire family. Looks like it would work swell! skyxsky27[at]

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      Helen says:

      My eldest daughter has suffered from ear infections since birth, she constantly complains about her ears hurting.

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      Gianna says:

      I just had twins, this would be an awesome thing to have on hand :)

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      Jennifer D says:

      I would love one of these. My son never complains of ear pain just that his ears feel funny. We have made many trips to the MDs and sometimes it was not nessisary.

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      Janet says:

      a must have for my house:)

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      Michelle H. says:

      I have young children and I used to have serious ear infections as a child.

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      Marcy Strahan says:

      The kids get cronic ear infections & it’s hard to tell what’s wrong without running to the doctor every time.
      Sometimes it’s just headaches & allergies.
      I would love to have this so I could check them at home & then go to the doctor if it shows they have a problem.

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      michelle maddock says:

      Its just so hard to get my grandaughter to hold still this is great for me thanks.

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