"Should we have received antibiotics earlier?"
About: Geraldton Hospital Geraldton Hospital Geraldton 6530
Posted by Not an overreacting Mum (as ),
After taking my child to Geralton emergency hospital in the early hours with a nasty cough, temp and a weeping ear I was told this was all normal and viral and it was too early to tell if they would need antibiotics. I was satisfied that the chest was clear and that the waxy-clear coloured weeping ear was nothing to worry about, we left within a half hour of arriving feeling like a Mum who's overreacted to having a sickly child.
10 days later, the other ear begins to weep too and I have a child who is uncharacteristically clingy, not sleeping great and is getting upset over silly things (but not in obvious pain). So I ring our ENT nurse who asks us to immediately take our child to the nearest chemist where she has faxed through a script for antibiotic ear drops. (We are now in Broome). She said yes this is common for children with grommets however everytime it occurs immediately put them on a course of antibiotic ear drops. Perhaps if we were given this information at Geraldton Hospital our tropical holiday might've been a slightly different experience.