Can ear problems be the cause of the violent behavior?

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  1. Myname

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    The violent child in my class is getting tubes put back into his ears. The parents said his behavior would always get bad when his ears were bugging him. What do you feel about this?
     
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    See if things improve!! I've had HORRIFIC earaches/ear infections- it feels as if your head is going to split open. Ear problems can throw off your equilibrium as well. If this student has been walking around feeling unbalanced, in pain, 'clogged up feeling', not hearing well...Yes, his behavior could definitely be affected.
     
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    It may be true. I have a friend who's daughter had them put in, and it made a world of difference with her behavior.
     
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    I guess if his ears are bothering him it would make him irritable. Let's hope the tubes help!
     
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    I don't think it would be cause for violent behavior, but it could be cause for a child not being able to learn to his/her ability. Meaning, it could cause hearing problems. I'm not really sure what I would think of that. Is this the same child you have been talking about? If so, I don't think it could be the sole reason why, but it could play a part in it. The child you have been referring to has more than just ear issues. I do think though that it could "aid" in having that kind of temperament.

    I don't know if that made sense. In a nutshell, I do think that it could have an affect on him, but I don't think that it would be the only factor in his behavior.
     
  7. Myname

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    JenPooh Yes this is the same child I have been talking about.

    I too feel that there are other issues as well with this child we shall see. He won't be back until Tues. He has been sick yesterday and today and then Monday he gets his tubes put in.
    It has been so nice not having to deal with his behaviors.
     
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    They tell me that it will take a week before the tubes have any effect and 6 weeks for the ears to get to the end results. We just had a fourth grader, who had tubes and they found out the tubes had fallen out or whatever. And she got new ones put in and the second week her right ear was not good. She was in pain. Sure enough the gel had not bonded properly and they went back in to try and fix it again. I am anxious what happens to your little guy.
     
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    Same kid? Then that's not the only reason he's been acting up. Besides, if his parents thought it was his ears that were causing his violence, what took them so long to do something about it?!
     
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    Hey I am rather disagreeable right now. No one wants to be around me. I am so grumpy not violent (but I am an adult lol). I had my wisdom teeth out Friday. And I am so irritable. I can't even imagine having an ear ache for four or five months with out it getting better. So yes that could probably lead to violent behavior in a three yr old.
     
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    I've known of a child that was violent and come to find out, HE WAS DEAF and the parent had no clue. He was frustrated as all get out because his needs could not be met... language delays, he couldn't communicate his needs. Once they figured THAT out and he learned sign language and they did, too, he was a totally different child.
     
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    Pain is often a cause of violent behavior; ALWAYS rule out a medical function first.
     
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    yes

    I agree.
     
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    I have had reocurring ear infections/sinus infections for the last two years. They are not fun at all. Not feeling well does put you in grumpy mood. It may not be the only reason this child is acting up, but it probably plays a very good part of it.
     
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    Well he will be back tomorrow. I hope his behavior has improved.

    I am so glad the parents have started the process to figure this all out. If his behavior is still bad he goes to a nuerologist and if that is all ok then he will go to a behavior specialist.
     
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    That sounds like a great plan (coming from a behavior specialist)! I doubt his behavior will magically be fixed by the ears, but ruling out the ears as the major cause/function will be a big help for the behavior specialist down the road. :)
     
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    How did it go with him back, Myname?
     
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    Ear pain is so awful...it goes beyond just the ears. It affects the whole head and face in little ones. It can cause a lot of problems...plus if a child is not hearing well, they are missing speech and instructions.
     
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    Myname, I am very curious to know how he is doing as well.
     
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    He was on edge the other day when he came back (tue) and then yesterday wed he was getting dropped off and had an issue at home he was all sorts of mad that he didn't get to watch tv and he came in upset and angry, shoved a friend down who came up to say hi to him, shoved over my garbage can, his dad took him into another room and after about 5 or 10 min said he is taking him back home and after he calms down or whatever they will return. He came back about 2 hours later. He was being a 3 yr old then however we teachers were still on egg shells with this kid. We were doing everything to not trigger him. BAsically letting him do whatever he wanted. Like using colored pencils instead of markers on a project, which he refused to do. I thought fine I am not going there an having him explode. My director said that was fine and we will have to do this for awhile, (part of me feels NO WAY he needs to be treated like the others but not my call).
    On Tuesday the director had him in her room and she would feed him like cheese and crackers when she saw him starting to get this certain look (she feels he has low blood sugar and this is causing this outburst of behavior) And feeding him seemed to work somewhat in keeping him toned down.
    I suggested lets write down the time every time he seems to be on edge and we see him start to change in behvaior. Maybe we can stay ahead of the outbursts and get food into him ahead of time.
    Oh this is stressful.
     
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    Everytime this little boy sees me he runs up and hugs my leg and loves to be hanging on me and being with me. So obviously he doesn't hate me and he can sense I do like him or he wouldn't be so affectionate to me. And of course I hug him back. He loves to be hugged and touched and praised so this what I do for him. He also had a great day outside Wed. We had been keeping him inside because he would be such a stinker outside. He would go to the directors side. I had no issues with him at all yesterday regarding outside. I hope this continues to go well. I do love this kid he is adorable except for this outburst in violent behavior. I was saying before to someone I know you can not label a 3 year old as bipolar but I am wondering with this kid. I can understand 3 yr old behavior and that in itself can drive one nutso then add the violent outbursts to it. And this is dealing with the kid for 8+ hours a day everyday. Not just a 2.5 hour preschool. He is in my daycare/fulltime preschool.
     
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    Ear

    It is weird to see this because I have had a horrible shooting pain in my outer ear but it shoots thru my head. It isn't in the ear. I don't know how to describe it but the pain shoots thru my head. Anyone ever had this?

    And by the way this kid remind me of a kid in the class I subbed. He was 10 in with 2nd grade and he was so physically aggressive towards the kids. And uncontrolable.
     
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    My ear infections always start with sinus infections. You can actually feel the sinus cavity swollen. It could be something like this.
     
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    Ear/Head pain

    It is more the outer ear though. Upper part. It is weird. It shoots thru my head. I look like I am having a seizure when it hits me. My mom said she remembered me talking about it before but I don't remember. She didn't remember anything else. Helpful.
     

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