HELP!!!! My 9 month old son might need tubes in his ears!!!

Jessica - posted on 10/01/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son has had fluid in his ears for the last 4 months, they are talking tubes might help to drain the fluid...I am sooo scared and dont want him to get them but really want him to be able to hear good...I need advice on if you think this is a good idea...and anyone that has been in this position I would love to hear your story!!! Thanx!!

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Lynn - posted on 02/26/2012

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My son had tubes put in at 5, 7, 9 and 10 years old (just a few months ago). He had his adenoids taken out at the same time he had the third set of tubes. That was supposed to help his ears drain, but it doesn't seem to have helped, since he got another set of tubes only ten months later!



Since he was older when he got it done, he was able to tell me that he could hear much better immediately after the surgeries. We walked outside the surgery center, and got in the car. He put on his headphones for the DVD player, and turned them down because he could hear so much better.



My son always throws up after his surgeries (he had his first surgery, for his eyes, at 3). After that, he's always fine, and ready to go eat, since they can't eat breakfast beforehand. He's always completely normal by the time we get home.



After the surgery, you may notice some fluid draining out, and that's normal. If he has a fever, though, take him to the doctor or Urgent Care.



If you have any doubt about whether your son can hear after the surgery, request a hearing test. I have, several times. Sometimes, it's fine and the doctor tells him to stop ignoring me! LOL! Sometimes, we're heading back in for another surgery.

Melissa - posted on 10/01/2009

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Hello there. I am a mother of a child that was born with a cleft palate (no roof in her mouth) and because of that, most of her sinus passages didn't form right either. Cammi got her tubes put in her ears at only 3 months old. This is a very simple procedure and doesn't take very long at all. She has had her tubes replaced quite often (couple times a year) and they really help her hear better and she doesn't get as many ear infections. I know it's easy to say "don't worry" but really, try not to. Your son will be back to normal usually the day after surgery. My daughter is 7 now and when I ask her if they ever hurt when they put them in, she always says no. The tubes are literally tiny. Here is an example of how small. You know how some dangly earrings have tiny plastic stoppers instead of metal backs? That is about the size of them. They are actually smaller than that, so he won't be able to feel them. Most tubes fall down the sinus passage when they fall out and he won't know when that happens either. Due to my daughters problem, hers fall out about every 6 months or sooner and she never knows when they are gone. And they can't feel them once they are in the ears.

So, please try not to worry. They won't hurt him and he won't know they are there. I think the surgery is worse for us moms cuz we worry more than the kids do. I know I am always a nervous wreck before her surgeries but they always turn out fine. The procedure itself only takes about a half hour or so and they are usually out of the hospital the same day or the next. Cammi has had about 10 surgeries and this one always goes the fastest. Just know that he will be better off once they are in.

If you need anything, please feel free to contact me!! I wish you luck and hope all goes well!! Melissa Kay

Maria - posted on 10/01/2009

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hi jessica from the age of 9 months we noticed that our daughter couldn't hear very well, it took a while to get her refered (so your lucky they r doin something so young!) when she was 3 they put gromits in her ears (small tubes to help drain fluid) and took out her addinoids for her breathing, its worked really well for a while and she got though the operation fine(i was worse than her! lol) but after the gromits fell out about 7 months later her hearing started to decline again. earlier this year(she is now 5) she had another gromit put in and her tonsils taken out, which took a while longer to get over but seems to have worked well. her hearing test have been good but only time will tell! good luck with whatever u decide to do but i will say my daughter is a much happier, social child now that she can hear better.

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Betty - posted on 10/04/2009

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My son had his ears tubed 2x and it is amazing differnce. The day after he had them done he woke up like he finally could connect to his world.

Jessica - posted on 10/03/2009

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Thank you all for your help! I have decided that if he still has fluid at his next check up (4weeks) then we will go ahead with the tubes! I still want to hear your stories, even the bad ones!! Thanks again!!
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My son just had it done and it was well worth it. Do It! Listen to the Doctor, he is normally right.

Brenda - posted on 10/02/2009

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I've been there, my son and daughter should have had tubes in. But i did'nt want it so they had to suffered many ear infections. But when my youngest was born, and she had ear infections I decided to have tubes(at 11 months) put in and it was the best decision i had made.

Amanda - posted on 10/02/2009

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My son was 14 months when he got tubes in his ears, he also has his adenoids removed at the same time. It was the best thing I ever could have done for him! He is hearing much better now, has had no more infections since he got the tubes and generally is a much happier kid! The procedure is very minor but makes a huge difference. It's always scary when you child has to have anything medical done, but be strong and know that it will be so beneficial for him!

Tracey - posted on 10/02/2009

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Hey there well First of all I was in your shoes once and it was a hard decision to make. Everyone had their own opinions to do it or not to. my story is that I had twin boys and one of the twins after turning 6 weeks old was constantly sick with ear infections so bad that the fevers would go so high he had to be hospitalized. It was awful for him at least 5 times in the 1st yr and a half. So I talked around and someone gave me a name to an awesome pediatric ENT and so we drove jaxson down there and right away they told me he was full loss of hearing in his right ear and the left had only a little left which I thought was about accurate it all made sence. So we had the tubes put in and his Adnoids out and he has not had one ear infection since. the fluid comes right out!! It was the best thing we did, then that was in october of 08, in may of 2009 we had both of them get the tonsils removed due to other issues and that has made a huge difference!! SO WE ARE BELIEVERS!! GO FOR IT GET THAT BABY BETTER!!

Stacey - posted on 10/02/2009

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My son had them put in just this August at 11 months old. The doctor said he drained the most fluid out of his ears that he had seen in a long time. If you do not have it done it can effect their speech and hearing. The fluid inside their ear can gel which causes hearing loss. My sons operations was at 7:30 in the morning and we were home for 11:00 and he was running around like usual soon after. If you son has trouble sleeping at night this also will help with that. My now year old has finally started sleeping thru the night.

Ashley - posted on 10/01/2009

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I havent been in your position but my close friend has. Her son had really aweful earaches and they put tubes in his ears. He never had another problem, not even when he got sick, his ears haven't bothered him since. The tubes don't let them hear better they allow the ear to drain properly. And don't worry, they do it every day. He will most likely come home and you won't be able to tell that he got them! My son had a hernia operation...I LOST IT! I have never flipped out like that in my life. But we brought him home and had to slow him down just to keep him from hurting himself again. I was in worse shape than he was! lol

Emma - posted on 10/01/2009

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not had this one myself but my friend has! It's harder for you watching on but worth it in the end! If the doc's recommend they're usually right!

Tracy - posted on 10/01/2009

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My daughter had them in her ears (they are called Grommits) at about the same age as your son and believe me, it is so quick. They are tinniest little things when they do fall out ( you wont believe the size when you see them) and did help my daughter. She is now 10 years old. My daughter did scream when she came out of theatre but it is understandable because they are still babies but then she was absolutely fine. I hope this puts your mind at ease.

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