Ear Tubes & Adenoid Removal for 2- year old- options?

Susan - posted on 04/09/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )




My son has fluid in the ears. Thankfully he has not had an ear infection in 3 months, however, "thick" fluid remains. He saw 2 ENTs, and they are eager to perform surgery, and can offer no other options. Adenoid removal is out of the question, however, if the fluid may be contributing to hearing loss thus leading to speech delay, then I will consider it but not before trying to find some alternative solutions. There has to be something else that will get the fluid out. Thanks


Liz - posted on 04/09/2013




Fluid like that usually drains over time, but also encourages ear infection in the meantime because it is a stagnant pool that bacteria love. Ear infections cause more fluid to accumulate. It's entirely possible to get into a cycle where the fluid never drains completely and your child suffers ear infection after ear infection. This has a VERY real risk of causing permanent hearing difficulty due to the formation of scar tissue.

If the ENTs are saying that the type of fluid in your son's ear is not draining correctly, then I would go along with the plan to put tubes in. My daughter's tubes have been in for over a year now and she has had no trouble since. The procedure itself was calmly managed and not traumatic for her.


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