To suzanne66 about six year old taking steroids for ear.Dr said she had negative something behind her ear drum.He compared it to losing your hearing after being on a plane. He also said you can chew gum to fix that problem. I have gotten her to start doing that since she has never chewed gum before. Sounds silly but if it works it will be worth it. He said it was fluid behind her eardrum i think. im just scared to give her steroids from experience. I took it for poison ivy only to learn that I was allergic to it.If there is another option I feel more comfortable with. I am thinking about tube in her ear. He said if the meds didn't work we could do that. Is this a safe alternative?