Ear tube vs antibiotics in toddlers

Kayla - posted on 11/14/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )




My daughter is going on 22 months old. She has had recurring ear infections that the antibiotics don't seem to be helping much and I'm worried she's building up a resistance. She has her 2 year molars coming in which is causing congestion and the pediatrician told me that once you have an ear infection the fluid takes a couple months to go away and increases her chances even more of getting an ear infection .Topped with the winter and the increased chances of colds, he said it's practically inevitable that she's going to continue to have these infections through the winter. He said at this point we either need to put ear tubes in her or put her on antibiotics through the whole winter. I have heard a couple different stories about experiences with ear tubes. Some say it's great and others say it's dangerous and painful. I just want what's best for my little girl and I don't want her to suffer through the whole winter. What is your experience on this?


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Bonnie - posted on 11/15/2011




My brother and I both had tubes put in when we were little kids. They don't hurt at all and the infections stopped.

Amy - posted on 11/14/2011




My son had tubes & we never had any problems with them & once he had them he didn't get another ear infection :) good luck

Sherri - posted on 11/14/2011




Honestly go with the tubes. We didn't with my oldest now he has such scar tissue in his ears he will never hear properly for the rest of his life. So not worth it.

Jane - posted on 11/14/2011




Our daughter had ear tubes but she also was on antibiotics because she turned out to have an immune system disorder.

In many ways the ear tubes were a Godsend. We could tell immediately when she had an infection because we could see the puss ooze out of her ear. Thus we could act quickly and we could also treat the infection with drops, not just pills or pink liquid.

Since the fluid didn't build up inside her ear she no longer had horrible pain with an ear infection. Thus she and we got a reasonable amount of sleep, helping her heal.

Also, she was no longer at risk of a ruptured ear drum. Her cousin lost part of her hearing because her eardrum ruptured due to an ear infection.

The only drawback we saw was that our daughter loves to swim and we were never really able to keep ear plugs in place securely to keep all the water out. Eventually we devised a way to keep most of it out using Mack's ear plugs and paper tape.

If we had to do it again, we would. The tubes got rid of the horrible pain she had and that was what was most important to her. Then the reduced risk of hearing loss was important to us.

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