MeMe - posted on 08/05/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )
OK, my boy has been suffering from ear infections since October of last year. From October/11 to March/12 he had approx. 8 ear infections and went 4 months with pretty much continuous antibiotics. In March/12 the ENT recommended tubes but he gave me the choice, to either get them done then or wait and see if my boy grew out of the infections (often kids do by age 2-3yrs old). Since my boys problem is that his Eustachian tube is not fully developed (very common with infants and toddlers).
I chose to wait it out and hope he grew out of the infections. My reason is because my husband had the same problem as a boy and had 7 different tubal surgeries. Due to the amount of surgeries he had, he ended up with a hole in his ear drum and had to have skin grafts done. He now (at age 36) suffers poor hearing and severe pain when he gets a cold. He is afraid to get his ears wet when swimming, so we are always limited to the amount of water fun we can have.
So, with that, I am deathly afraid of getting tubes for my boy but he has now had two severe infections over the past 3 weeks. Which is accompanied with a fever of 102 and of course another round of antibiotics. We just got back from the walk-in clinic (because it is Sunday) and have to do another 2 weeks of antibiotics, when he just finished a round 1.5 weeks ago. I am also very afraid of him being put to sleep, since he is only 21 months. Although, I don't want him to become resistant to the antibiotics, either, since he doesn't do well on the others.
I know the best choice, right now, is tubes and I am going to make the appt on Tuesday. I am just looking for others that have experienced this with their little ones and getting a census on how well (or not so well) the experience was for you.
My daughter had enlarged adenoids and had to have day surgery and be put to sleep, when she was 3. It was a TERRIBLE experience. She ended up having to spend the night, due to the amount of "old" blood she was throwing up....hence, another reason for my anxiety. However, it did solve her problem of being deathly ill for 1.5 years, so, of course in hindsight, I am glad we did it and I do think, the tubal surgery is an easier and less complicated one.
Please tell me about your experience. Good or bad. Thanks in advance. ;)