Ear tubes and adenoids

Shenea - posted on 05/06/2010 ( 51 moms have responded )

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We took my son to the ENT today and they are going to put in ear tubes and take out his adenoids. My mother n law is freaking out she thinks he is to young to go through this. I have been assured he is not. Has anyone else had to go through this with there little ones yet? If so what was your experience from before the procedure to the day after or so on?

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Trish - posted on 05/24/2010

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my daughter had both. The procedure (adenoidectomy) is pretty harmless for the child...you can view it at youtube.com for actual video of the procedure. Your mother in law has no idea what she's talking about. Tubes are fast, like 5 minutes. Adenoidectomy is a littler longer but nothing to get over-excited about. My daughter stayed overnight at the hospital, but was home running around like normal the next day.

Lois - posted on 05/19/2010

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My son had tubes put in and his adnoids taken out at the same time when he was about 3 1/2 years old. Before the surgery his throat was constantly swollen and infected and they say he was hearing like he was under water so couldn't hear certain sounds like F sounds and others. His adnoids were so swollen that he had sleep apnea, he's stop breathing while he slept, and would snore very loudly. After the surgery he got a bit freaked out after waking from the anethetic and wouldn't eat for a few hours. He almost had to stay the night but then finally had a popcycle after his teddy ate some. I couldn't believe the improvment in his sleep! You couldn't even hear him anymore and he slept so much better, was well rested and more even tempered. He could hear better and his speach improved within the week! The only problem we had was that the tubes wouldn't fall out on their own so the ENT took them out in the office. He's 5 1/2 years old, still in a little speach therapy but definite improvement.

Natalie - posted on 05/21/2010

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my son got tubes right at 1 year, they have worked wonders!!! no more ear problems since! of course i was all freaked out about it, but after a few hours my son was completely back to normal, running around and playing like nothing happened. the procedure itself is so fast too, its literally like 5 minutes! Its really good to get them as early as the dr. thinks the baby needs them, because it can cause hearing problems which can also lead to language problems too, since they aren't hearing everything clearly.

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my son had tubes placed at 6 months. he hasn't had an ear infection since because they are able to drain, but that's not to say we haven't had infections. he is 19 months old now and we are having to visit the possibility of taking his adenoids because he has had so many infections. getting his tubes was the best thing for his hearing and it was minimally invasive with really quick recovery. good luck to you and your son :)

Lindsay - posted on 05/13/2010

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I haven't gone through this with my 19 month old but I do have a 9 year old daughter who has had 3 surgeries for tubes. She has always had tons of ear infections over the years, once the tubes were put in the infections go away. She has also had her adenoids removed twice (they can grow back)
When they have both surgeries at once it takes a bit more time to recover, as it is different than just having the tubes put in.. It is scary and you never get used to it no matter what age your child is, but it is for the better

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Landra - posted on 01/10/2014

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My 11 year old son will be getting tubes on Thursday Iam a little worried do I have anything to worry about and he's worried and not comfortable with leavin me in waiting room while he's doing the procedure he's a major mommys boy and Iam afraid he's going to get really scared what can I do to make him and me comfortable.thanks

Adrienne - posted on 12/07/2011

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We had my son's tonsils and adenoids taken out and tubes when he was about 3 1/2. It's a really common procedure, and it only took a little over an hour. We came home that day, and honestly, my son was a wild man that night. 2 days after the fact, he wouldn't drink so we had to take him in for dehydration. Young kids bodies bounce back very quickly, and he should be ok. I understand your mother in law is nervous, but if it wasn't safe, then the doctor wouldn't recommend it.

Wendy - posted on 12/05/2011

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Have you considered going to a chiropractor that works w/ children? I have heard a lot of good things about them and avoiding a surgery.

Stacey - posted on 12/01/2011

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My daughter was just over 4 years of age when she had her tonsils and adenoids removed as well as grommets ( tubes) placed in her ears at the same time. She was initially in some pain when the anaesetic wore off, but after a night in hospital and a week recovery at home, she was completely different child. She no longer snores as a result of enormous adenoids, and her hearing is well within normal ranges. We haven't had any ear infections or bouts with tonsillitis. She has to wear earplugs when swimming/ bathing but that is a small inconvenience compared to the healthy, happy child we now have.

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So glad I just read this! I have a 19month old who is getting tubes put in next week. He hasnt had ear infections but his hearing is horrible. He still doesnt even call me mama! I'm hoping this will fix the problem. Its such a relief to know that things will be ok!

Kari - posted on 05/25/2010

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actually I am 28 now but I had chronic ear infections when I was a baby and had my first set of tubes at 6 months, so no your son is not too young. Of course I don't remember the procedure but by the time I was old enough to understand what was goin on it was no big deal to me, I got used to going to the doctor and getting old ones takin out and new put in.

Jennifer - posted on 05/24/2010

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I don't have a personal experience with this subject. However a friend of mine has a 2yr old that has had this done. She said it has eally helped. Good luck.

Amy - posted on 05/18/2010

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Just did this 2 weeks ago with my 18 month old (not the adenoids). It has been wonderful.....she feels much better and is less clumsy! She was sleepy and grumpy the first day, from the anesthesia, but otherwise was fine. The first thing our Dr said was that whatever you have heard from parents or grandparents about this....forget it! I can tell a big difference in how she feels and am glad we did it!

Amanda - posted on 05/17/2010

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My 18 months old son is going in on the 21st to have tubes put in I had them when I was 9 months old, My mother said I was fine by the next day so I am not to worried. I will just be happy once all his ear infections are a thing of the past!!!

Jenny - posted on 05/17/2010

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Just so you know tubes do not take the ear infections away all they do is put an opening to the inner ear drum so that the liquid medicine can heal the ear infection quicker. Also, tubes tend to fall out and you could go thru the surgery many times. My niece had tubes and because she missed a couple of appointments they found out that her ear wax had impacted the tubes and they didn't fall out when they should have and she has permanent hearing loss. Just weigh your options because there are more than one.

Jenny - posted on 05/17/2010

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When my daughter was 12 months they wanted to put tubes in. We took her to the chiropracter to see how that would work because it's highly recommended to keep ear infections away and to help everything drain the right way. Within 3 weeks she didn't have anymore ear infections. She is now 19 months and still no ear infections. The adjustments are very small and not like an adult. She loves going and is never sick. Give it a try for a few weeks it won't hurt delaying surgery to see if it works. The success rate is over 90%. I'm just not a fan putting my little one all the way under unless it's necessary. If you live in the Carmel/Westfield/Noblesville area Dr. Grant Romane is great.

Anna - posted on 05/17/2010

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My daughter had her tubes put in at 10 months and it was the best thing we have done! She had her first ear infection at 2 months and they were constant after that. They gave her gas to put her to sleep and it took maybe 30-45 minutes total, from the time they took her back til they brought her back in the room. She did wonderful! Her doctor told us that she was hearing like she was under water. It was amazing the differnce in her. She did not have any problems from the surgery.

Anne - posted on 05/17/2010

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I don't know how old your son is, but mine got tubes when he was about 15 months. They didn't take out the adnoids but I can foresee that coming since he just got over a case of Tonsilitis. As for the tubes, we haven't had the 'usual' experience with them. He got them in January, and is just getting over an ear infection that he's had since Easter.
As for the day he got them......I had to go back to be with him while they put him to sleep (which was easy and painless) and he was screaming mad when he woke up afterwards. Overall, the procedure was very short and went well. Just dosed him with some Tylenol and Motrin for the discomfort afterwards. By the next morning, he was playing again.

Mary - posted on 05/16/2010

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He isn't too young...and he will be fine. My daughter just had it done last month! It was so much faster then I thought it would be! And she is completely fine, actually a lot better then she has ever been! Don't freak out and don't let others freak you out. You need to stay calm for him, because this will be scary for him. Everything is normal the day before, you just can't let him eat or drink anything after midnight, then the day after is a breeze! It's so much easier then your thinking it will be. Believe me, its scary, I would be lying to say I was just a little bit scared for my baby girl to get hers done, I seriously almost cried when the nurses took her away to surgery. She was screaming and crying because she didn't know anyone and she is extremely shy. But they didn't poke or prod her with anything they just gave her an oral medication to keep her calm so they could put the mask on to put her to sleep. But it was all the strangers that made her nervous, but the nurses were all so awesome! They came in visiting with her before they took her away for surgery trying to make it easier on both her and me lol

Sherrilynne - posted on 05/16/2010

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I have three children and two of them have gone through this procedure out of the three. My son has now had three sets of tubes. He had 50 ear infections from the time he was 10 months up until he was 3 1/2 years old and they finally had to put in the permanent ones for him as the others kept falling out. My daughter, who is 18 months has a set which she got when she was only 9 months old. Having been through this surgery now four times I believe I am some what of a pro at it and they were both fine during and after the surgeries.

Abby - posted on 05/16/2010

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Our daughter just got her adnoids out 2 weeeks ago because she quit breathing while she slept and she did really well. From the time she went into surgery and when she came out awake was about an hour. We barely had time to go to the cafeteria and eat breakfast. We got to go home about an hour after that. We had a two hour drive to get home and she slept the whole way so by the time we got home we couldn't even tell she had had surgery that morning. She was running around like a crazy lady. She did end up getting an ear infection a few days later, because of all the draining from her sinus, but she is doing just great now. Sleeping much better at night. It was harder on my husband and I than it was our daughter. She seems to be much more comfortable now.

Naomi - posted on 05/15/2010

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words of advise from someone who had 8 tube surgeries from age 4 to age 16. The tubes are good for drainage and can help with improving of hearing if fluid in the ears is high. I've also had my adnoids removed as well, but unfortunately they can grow back. the surgeries of tubes aren't that bad to be completely honest and he's definitely not to young to go through it. When my brother was just 2 years old it was recommended that they put tubes in for him.... HOWEVER, one thing that I would personally state that wouldn't be good is going through as many surgeries as I did. They didn't know when I was having to go through as many surgeries as I did, that it would cause a cleasteoma (not spelled correct), which is an irregular growth of the ear drum as a tumor. Having it removed is major surgery by far and having that done twice within 2 years of each other, because it grew back wasn't the most easy thing. Just some important advise is go with what is called the "T-Tubes" they are a some what temporary tube and work better then the temporary tubes, but they can be removed after a year with minimal side effects. The Temporaries can sometimes fall out within 3 or so months and another surgery can possibly be required if it's not resolved. The "T-Tubes" can leave a temporary hole in the drum, but it will close and it's not that bad. As far as the adnoids are concerned I was 4 when mine were removed and I really don't remember that much, but mine did grow back eventually which is some cases is rare. I've not gone through the process of having them removed again as my doc said it wouldn't matter much at this point in my life... I am sorry if this is a lot of info, but as many ppl tell me I am quite knowledgable about the ears and very familiar with the process and what having to many surgeries can cause. If you have further questions please feel free to contact me on face book.com/andresmommi... Good luck, as I know it's a hard decision and it was very hard for my mother when she had to make it and back then they didn't know of what the causes could be. I do hope my info does help as well

Rachael - posted on 05/15/2010

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My 3 year old son just had his adenoid remove 3 days ago. His padiatrician found out that he has enlarged adnoid and fluid behind his ear drum in Jan this year. He was on medication for almost 4 months and he didn't get any better. He was a mouth breather and he took a long time to eat (imagine holding your breather while you eat). After the surgery, he was unable to take any food or drink for 36 hours, he would vomit even sips of water due to the anesthesia's after effect. He is fine now, a very happy child and he can breathe freely. It's scary no matter how small the surgery is but it is for the better, so it is justified! Don't worry, your son will be fine :)

Jennifer - posted on 05/15/2010

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My two boyx 18 month and 7 months both are going to need them I wish there was a way to know Why some kids and not the others I am a mother of 5 but only ny newest editions need the ENT..

Kimberly - posted on 05/14/2010

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My son just had tubes put in and had his adeniods romoved also. Tell your mother-in-law to relax. My son is just find. He had the tubes and adeniods done in the morning and he was playing in the afternoon

Lucille - posted on 05/13/2010

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I Found out my son can not hear he is almost 4 and never could understand us took him to doctor and doctor did ear tubes and adenoids and discovery ear drum has burst now my son can hear he is speking so loud and so much because he can hear him self. was the best thing I ever did...

Staci - posted on 05/13/2010

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My daughter had tubes put in a few weeks before her first birthday, and she was back to normal by the same afternoon. Not sure about the adenoids, though, but the tubes have been a pretty much non-issue.

Dana - posted on 05/13/2010

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My daughter is not a talker and when she goes in for her 18 months well baby they are planning to re-evaluate her for the reason she may not be talking. Hopefully it will not mean tubes in her ears. But if it does, after reading everyones story I feel better about the possibiity.

September - posted on 05/13/2010

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He's not too young and it's a very common procedure these days. We will be having tubes put in our 18 month old son's ear on June 3rd. Our son struggles with ongoing ear infections and fluid behind the ear drum that will not drain. I know it's going to fix all of this and he will feel much better once all is done. I'm nervous for him of course but I know everything will be just fine! :) I can’t wait for my little guy to feel better! Good luck and best wishes!

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Oh yes! Tell mom in law to relax, it's not a big deal. My daughter had her first tubes at 6 months old, those lasted until Jan of this year, and she had semi permanent tubes put in, and her adenoids removed. It's minor surgery, he will go in and have it done, you will take him home, and they pretty much sleep the rest of the day. It's made a WORLD of difference for our Kayleigh Bell, and she does not have all the pain and pressure in her little head. She was 14 months when the 2nd surgery was performed. All will be well, Mom....

Alyssa - posted on 05/12/2010

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My sister and I both had tubes put in when we were little. It really helped with our speech; we were able to hear words so much better. For examples, I couldn't say star, it came out "tar" and my sister couldn't say kitties, it came out "titties", (which made for some pretty funny stories now) My sister also had her adenoids removed about a year or two ago because of snoring. She's 17 now. The only thing with the tubes is you can't get any water in your ears. My sister had custom-fitted earplugs from the doctor that she had to wear when she had a bath, shower, or went swimming.

Janna - posted on 05/12/2010

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I might have to go thru that soon they are trying a different antibiotic if this doesnt work antibiotic injections that dont work ent visit for tubes

Jessica - posted on 05/12/2010

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My son is 18 months old. He had his tubes put in at 6 months. We have had 2 small ear infections since. The worse part about it was me having to wait on him coming out of surgery. I think it bothered me more than him. He was gone for maybe 45 minutes total. We had the special ear plugs made at the ENT and he wears those so he doesn't get water in his ears. Coming out of surgery he was fine. He was his normal self. Good luck =)

Joanna - posted on 05/12/2010

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sorry i cant seem to spell properly in my last message lol! it was meant to say if it was to do your child any harm they would just leave the adenoids and tubes till he is older!
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Joanna - posted on 05/12/2010

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hi there my son was 17months when he has his tonsils and adenoids removed, he was absolutly fine, and its made him much better now theyve been removed!! obviously they would like children to be a little older we were told sround the age of 4 but if the ent team believe it will help and make a difference to ur child they will suggest earlier, if i was to do ur child any harm the would just leave it till he is older!!!, i hope this helps and as i said my lil boy was absolulty fine x

Andrea - posted on 05/12/2010

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I had my adenoids removed. ... just a sore throat top side. No ear tubes. But I'm sure the releif your little one gets will outweigh the pain if no procedure is done as time passes.- Josh-MA

Crystal - posted on 05/12/2010

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My daughter had her adnoids out at age 5 and became a different child! She had 100% more energy and stamina. The only thing I would warn you about the surgery - and your son may not be old enough to react this way but when my daughter came out of the anesthesia she was crying hysterically. I thought she was in pain but apparently the anesthesia does this to some people. She was crying and could not stop and when I asked her why she was crying she said she didn't know why and couldn't stop. Also, make sure to ask the doctor's and nurses to be with your son when he wakes up...not after. My daughter took 1 dose of the pain medication and was fine after that.

Good luck!

Amber - posted on 05/12/2010

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I personally had tubes put into my ears when I was 5 years of age... before them I basically couldn't hear. I had problems in school and would get in trouble at home for "not listening." So, good for you for catching the problem early! The only thing you need to be careful of is ear infections... I had a lot of problems with ear infections due to water sitting on my ear drum... just make sure your son's ears are properly protected during baths and water fun :) As for Adnoids... that's just so he'll get the proper amount of oxygen. My sister had hers taken out very young due to a lack of oxygen when she slept. He'll be fine! Good luck! Hope this helped :D

Tiffany - posted on 05/11/2010

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i havent personally, but my nefew was 2 when they did this for him. and he was maybe even a little old...?

Tanya - posted on 05/11/2010

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My daughter had tubes put in in March and it's been the best thing ever. She hasn't been sick and we haven't had to have any unwanted visits to the doctor. Both my mother & mother-in-law had the same reaction, but I did talk to other mothers who have recently gone through the same thing. I even researched the ENT. It was one of the best decisions we ever made.

Brenda - posted on 05/11/2010

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My son had several ear infections from the age of 3 months to 6 months. Finally at 6 months the doctors decided to do ear tubes. He has not had an ear infection since! It has helped him tremendously. The only down side is that since he had them done at such a young age, he refuses to let the doctors touch or look into his ears. I'll settle for a few minutes of screaming for a healthy happy little boy the rest of the time!

Jenni - posted on 05/11/2010

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I wish I had mione out I cant breathe through my nose when i sleep bc I feel like im not getting air! Big adnoids run in my fam and my sons doing ok so far but I hope they will do it for him too! My gram said when she had her out at a young age,she could hear soooo much better!

Byra - posted on 05/11/2010

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I am now 30 and I had my adenoids out and had tubes 4X. I am fine, but I do have problems on air planes from the scar tissue on my ear drums. Also I can't go under water more than 4ft. I remember going to the hospital and fighting with the guy that put the mask over my face, I was really scared. I don't know how they do it nowadays, but younger mighty be better. I do remember I heard WAY better afterwards. I am more into the natural way now as a parent. I would try everything before the surgery, but if it was my only option I would do it. Just don't do it 4X like my parents. The scar tissue does cause me problems and my hearing isn't the best now, but I do hear fine for the most part. I don't want to scare you just don't over do it if you do decide to do tubes.

Carolyn - posted on 05/11/2010

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My son has ear tubes and had his adenoids taken out. He was about two and a half at the time. The surgery went great. The hardest part was waiting at the hospital before the surgery and during. The Children's hospital where he had it done was great. They provided him with lots of toys and books and games to play so he wasn't nervous at all.
After the surgery he slept for about an hour and woke up kind of hazy and when he got home he had an unusual reaction to the Tylenol with codeine. It usually makes kids sleepy but I had the opposite affect with him and he was running around the house the like crazy. That only lasted until we were able to switch him to just Tylenol and was his normal happy self.
The tubes made a huge difference it really helped with his hearing. Before he had his tubes he was only saying about 2 to 5 words.
As a mom you always are worried when you have to put your child in the hands of someone else. But I am sure that everything will go fine with your son just as it did with mine....

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I was told yesterday that my daughter needed tubes. I was really uneasy about it so I ended up going to a chiropractor (one who specializes in pediatric chiropractics) and she said my daughter did not have an ear infection but just ear irritation and didn't need to be on antibiotics at all. She then told me that she could fix the drainage issue without my daughter having to be put under anesthesia and having surgery. She did an adjustment on my daughter that was very gentle and simple and it fixed the problem that was causing the fluid build-up. Instead of putting holes in my kids ears I found a more natural approach. I know it isn't for everyone but I felt it was at least worth it before I had my kid operated on.

Angela - posted on 05/11/2010

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My daughter got her tubes put in at 7 months. She didn't have ear infections, just never passed the hearing tests. The procedure took like 10 minutes and she was upset until she could eat something and then took a nap and was a happy girl. She didn't have her adenoids removed so I can't help you there.

Alicia - posted on 05/11/2010

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Tubes are the best!!!! My son just got them yesterday, and he is a brand new kid! He is so happy and talking 90 to nothing. I feel bad that I didn't do it sooner. As far as the adenoids go, we didn't need that, but I have 2 friends that did with the same results....awesome! Your son will be upset for, max, 20 minutes or so, and groggy for a couple of hours. After my son took his afternoon nap, he was as good as gold. Don't worry about it...be excited!

Allison - posted on 05/06/2010

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im told that if u get grommits(tubes) in your childs ear earlier the better it is for them, my kids havent had this problem but when i was a kid i had grommits put in when i was 7, the dr told my mum that if they could have caught the problem earlier it would have helped me in my school work, because i wasnt hearing everyone properly it had a great affect on not only how i pronounced words but how i spelt words and interacted with others, dont worrie about your mother in law freaking out she is just over reacting as all grandmothers do, it is a small procedure and it will help your child to learn new things more quickly, and as for the adnoids i wouldnt know much about that but have been told it to is a small procedure.... the doctor wouldnt let them do these procedures if it wasnt safe... hope i have put your fears to rest, maybe take grandma in to the drs surgery next time and have the dr explain its nothing to stress over if she is going to make you worrie???

HATTIE - posted on 05/06/2010

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we just got the news about the tubes yesterday. I think it is very common. I've never heard about the adenoids but that doesn't mean much. We get the tubes placed next friday.. My friends son had them placed several weeks ago and all is great for them. soo I hope this helps a bit.....GOOD LUCK!!!!

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