Honestly..how do u feel about a 2yr old getting tubes in his ears? He's had multiple ear infections.

Heather - posted on 03/27/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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My 2yr old has multiple ear infections, and doc suggested he get tubes in his ears. I've heard good and bad things about tubes. Don't know what to do. His surgery scheduled for the 30th of March..I need to make a decision before then. Any advice?

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Valerie - posted on 03/27/2010

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My daughter had chronic ear infections from birth to just over a year, she was even becoming immune to amoxicillan. She had the tubes put in nine months ago and has not had one ear infection. The procedure was very quick and minor, it worked out very well for her so I would recommend it definitely

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Carman - posted on 08/19/2012

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my daughter was lil under 1 when she got tubes before she got them she couldnt talk walk sit up or ne thing after that she progressed so much she didnt have ne infections after words for so long after a year and a half she has had an infections for like a month so yes sometimes there is bad things but by look look of things its 1 in ever 100

Misty - posted on 03/28/2010

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see when i was younger i had alot of infections too but ive never had tubes and i think that im kinda def in one ear

Brianna - posted on 03/28/2010

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when i was a child i had lots of ear infections and needed tubes but didnt get them so i ended up with a hole in my ear drum

Misty - posted on 03/28/2010

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Both if my boys have had tubes in there ears and i of course would say as a mom it was the bestthing i could of done for my boys. One couldnt walk and when he had them but in about a week later he was walking all over. And with my 2nd son he couldnt talk very well but now hes a lil chatter box!!! so i think its a good idea and u should do it for child.It wont hurt them just help them.

Angie - posted on 03/28/2010

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My son was about that age when he had tubes in his ears. He had many ear infections, plus he wasnt hearing us. After the tubes were in his hearing improved alot. The ear infections seemed to go away as well.

Ashleigh - posted on 03/28/2010

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My son and daughter was the same way had ear infection one right after another. My oldest son had tubes put in when he was 2 years old and he is almost 8 now and has not had another infection since. My daughter is 16 months she just had the tubes put in on the 8th of march. I have heard some stories of the tubes not working, but for the most part I think it is very helpful especailly for your child. The procedure itself only takes about 15 minutes but it is still scary because it is a surgery. Best of luck to you.

Sarah - posted on 03/28/2010

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I have worked with a lot of kids that have had tubes. I personally never saw any problems and their language comprehansion and production imprived significantly afterwards.

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I had tubes put in my daughter's ears when shel was about 1-1/2 yrs old. She was getting ear infections continuously. The doctor had her on an antibiotic for 30 days straight and then they gave her a hearing test and some other test that showed the infections were damaging her ears hearing. I saw the proof on the test he ran and he scheduled her right away. The surgurery only takes about 15 minutes. The only reason they put the children to sleep is because they have to lay still and cannot move. She only had to stay at the surgery center for about 1-2 hours after surgery to make sure she was okay and we were home. I couldn't believe how fast it was. The doctor sat with me and my husband to go over the procedure and the tubes would come out as she grew in about a year. The ear infections stopped right away. The main thing to remember is that the continuous ear infections eventually cause damage to their ears and hearing abilities. I was very pleased with procedure. She was up and playing as usual in no time and I could tell she did not miss getting those ear infections.

Charlene - posted on 03/28/2010

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I believe it was the best thing I have ever done. Ever since my son had his tubes in his ears he never had a ear infection again.

Angela - posted on 03/28/2010

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My son had tubes put in at 9 months. His hearing was practally non existant. Prior to the surgery, he had 3 ear infections in a month and a half. The ENT we were referred to said that the pressure and fluid behind his ear drums had created a vacuum and would not drain on their own. The tubes were put in October of 2009. Within a few days, you could see the difference in how he was responding. He hasn't had a problem with his ears since. They definatly are a benefit.

Kylie - posted on 03/28/2010

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My youngest had tubes put into his ears last year as he kept getting ear infections. He hasn't had one infection since having them put in. He didn't have any problems after the surgery (actually, the nurses gave him a certificate for being so brave).
As for ear-plugs, you don't need them. I asked my surgeon about swimming etc after the surgery, as I had heard you had to wait so many weeks before they could go swimming, and he told my son could go swimming straight away.

Clarisa - posted on 03/27/2010

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I was very scared when we were first told our daughter needed tubs. She was also going deaf when we found out she had ear infections. We had a great doctor who explained everything to me and great nurses to assist. Since then she has had 3 sets of tubs put in. It doesn't take very long to do the operation, like 20min if that. The only thing that was hard on us was when she was waking from the anesthesia b/c she wasn't aware of her surrounding yet so she was screaming. When she finally got completely awake she calmed down. I was a worry wart mom to, so I know how scared you are. It was easy and your son probably needs them so he can hear and not be sick. Also, everytime her tubes came out I knew right away b/c her balance was off, she had drainage, she would run a fever. I always knew when it was time to go back to the doc's. Good luck on the surgery, and don't fret to much!!

Abbie - posted on 03/27/2010

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If you have tried all other options to get rid of the infections then its a good thing. My son has only had 1 ear infection, which is believed to have happened due to teething and excessive spit. I also think that since we had our son adjusted by a chiropractor almost since birth that has helped ward off the infections. But you are coming down to the time frame, I don't think tubes are the worest thing, and if your child has chronic infecitons then he will benefit from them.

Keiran - posted on 03/27/2010

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my son has had 3 sets as they keep falling out 1 set only lasted 2 weeks so he has rather large ones in there now which are very noticable. He is starting sch soon and I'm glad we perservered woth the insertions as he was falling behind in his speech and social development. After 18mths of speech therapy to catch him up I am happy with his progress. I think it could be an ongoing thing, but I think a necessary thing when I see the difference.

Kate CP - posted on 03/27/2010

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I say do it. I wish I had had it done sooner with my daughter. The whole thing lasts about 30 minutes from the time they take them to the OR to when they come and get you. They're usually a little groggy and out of it for the rest of the day but the next day it's like nothing happened. Obviously it's not without it's risks, but I think it's worth it.

Tracy - posted on 03/27/2010

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My girl had two sets before her 2nd birthday. Prior to them she had constant infections. She's 3 now and hasn't had an infection since the last set. While I wasn't thrilled about having my child go thru surgery (no matter how minor, there's always a risk), I was more concerned about her long term health and the potential impact of the infections on her hearing and speech.

It's really not a big deal at all. It takes about an hour and there's no pain for them after. It's a bit gross when they drain, but they DRAIN, and that's the important thing!

Nicola - posted on 03/27/2010

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Hi there,
Don't be afraid to let your son have the operation. My daughter had the same thing done when she was 2 years. She had lots of infections and wasn't talking. The operation chaned her life. She was healthier and actually started to talk. I cried the day she said "mama" , it was her first word and she was 37 months old. By the way she is now 23 years old. By the way, the operation didn't take long but it made my 3year baby into a little girl.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/27/2010

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My son was 2 when he had tubes placed in his ears. For us it was a lifesaver. He was always sick from the time he turned 6 months old until the tubes were put in. Chronic ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, upper respiratory infections. I would definitely say that it was one of the best decisions we made. I would definitely do it. The benefits outweigh any of the negative. I myself now have a permanent tube in place as I keep getting ear infections and due to those I have hearing loss in one ear. I hope this helps.

Meghan - posted on 03/27/2010

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I had tubes in my ears when I was about 6 I guess. I remember hating to wear the plugs...but I also know that I haven't had an ear infection since-and that made it all worth it!

Michelle - posted on 03/27/2010

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As a speech patholgist I think tubes are critical for those children with recurring ear infections. Each time they have fluid in the middle ear they hear as if they were under water...which can really impact their speech and language development!

Rosie - posted on 03/27/2010

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i guess i've never heard anything bad about them, what have you heard? the only bad thing i can imagine is the overzealous doctors who put them in and do MAJOR surgery on a child for a couple of infections.

my child had them done at a year. his ear constantly had water in them even if they weren't infected. basically for 6 months he had an infection or water in his ears. if they are chronic i highly suggest getting them. my son had lost some of his hearing before i had them put in, and he is now 10 and can hear perfectly fine. to keep treating chronic ear infections with antibiotics makes them more resistant to the antibiotics. i think tubes are great for a child with CHRONIC ear infections-not just a couple.

Christine - posted on 03/27/2010

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My friend had tubes put in her son's ears and it turned out great. His speech improved a lot and he seems to be doing better.

Stevie - posted on 03/27/2010

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ive had two of my friends whos child isnt much older than 1 who had to get tubes cuz they were always sick and had ear infections and as far as i know they havent had one since maybe had a cold or something but i havent heard anything much about them being as sick as before or an ear infection my son himself has never had an ear infection and has only been sick once and that was when he was 15 months old so ive never had to go threw that i know it would be hard but i think its a good thing

Iridescent - posted on 03/27/2010

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We needed 2 sets of tubes in my son's ears. He ended up going deaf prior to their placement, and it saved him from a life of no hearing. It's also been recommended that I get them as I continue having ear infections and have lost over half my hearing now, but I can't afford to right now. The same can be said for my husband.

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