One of my little girl's tubes fell out - and of course, that ear is infected. Does anyone know if this is common? She's only had them in for 2 months. Will she have to have another one put in?

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Sarah - posted on 01/26/2014

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I have personally had tubes 4 times. The doctor put ones in that are suppose to be permanent a year ago. Now one is falling out. And I have had 12 ear infections during this time now they are gonna do another surgery

June - posted on 03/24/2009

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I wear hearing aids and at one time use to use peroxide in my daughter's ears because my hearing aid provider suggested it ..because it will 'eat' the wax but not the ear. My daughter used to say she could hear it bubbling after just putting a drop in. 



  Now there is a product I get from my hearing aid provider called Miracell.  You can check it out at www.miracell.com.  I use it with my now 16 year old daughter and it loosens the wax so it comes out on it's own. 



 I agree with contacting your Ear Nose and Throat Doctor for the best advice.

Susan - posted on 03/24/2009

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Wow - thanks for all the info everyone!  Her doc gave her Cefdinir and said that if she gets another ear infection after this one clears up we need to go back to the specialist.  I hate to do that to her again though!  She did not come out of the operation a happy camper.  But they had been working so well...  Time will tell I guess!

Amie - posted on 03/24/2009

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My kids (2 of them have/had tubes) ENT doctor said they shouldn't fall out for at least a year. After that they need to be checked and normally they can be removed after the year. Our daughters fell out after a year and our son has only had them in for 4 months so far with no problems. For the ear infection though take her to the doctor. She'll need oral antibiotics most likely to help with it if it doesn't clear up on it's own & an appointment with the ENT doc again. Like another mom said she can't have any liquids in her ears.

Brandy - posted on 03/24/2009

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My son had ear infections once a month for the first year of his life. It made things real hard for us because he is also allergic to penicillin so he couldn't take the antibiotics like most kids. His pediatrician suggested we go to an ENT and have tubes put in. We did and immediately the infection cleared up. We have been 14 months with one set of tubes and ear infection free. Once his fall out, the ENT will see whether or not he gets any more infections and has to have them put back in. She said most kids only need a maximum of two sets of tubes until their ear canals straighten out about 4 years of age and the ear begins to drain properly. However, don't put anything like water, peroxide or ear drops in the ears while the tubes are in because they do cut holes into the ear drum in order to place the tubes in and if any liquid gets into the ears and through the holes then the child will continue to get ear infections deeper in the ear.

Jamie - posted on 03/24/2009

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Susan,



I was lucky when my kids had ear infections because I had a doctor that wouold try natural things before he would prescribe a med. if he coould and after my 9 year old son having 5 ear infections all by the time he was 2. I took my doctors advice and took my son to the chiropractor and after having an adjustment he NEVER had another ear infection. One of my girlfriends had tubs in her daughters ears and they fell out and she had to have them put back in twice. I have four kids now and would never put tubes in kids ears but, that is me. After my youngest son had his 2nd ear infection I took him to the chiropractor as well and he has not had an ear infection now for 1 1/2 years/

Stacy - posted on 03/24/2009

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My son had tubes put in 9 mo ago and he still gets ear infections with the tubes. I would think they would just put another one back in to help her prevent the ear infections. good luck

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I had no idea they could just fall out! My daughter may have to get them put in... we see the doc in 2 weeks and then she will decide if we need to see an ENT. We have had about 4 ear infections in the past 5 months... Good Luck Mama

User - posted on 03/24/2009

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Quoting Susan:

One of my little girl's tubes fell out - and of course, that ear is infected. Does anyone know if this is common? She's only had them in for 2 months. Will she have to have another one put in?



Hi there.. No it is not normal. For them to fall out that fast. My daughter had 4 sets of tubes. They should have lasted at least 6 months to a yr if not longer.. I wish you the best of luck. Just make sure you have a great ear doctor that stays involved with your pediatricion ( sorry spelling) . We also have the tonsils out and adnoids twice ( yes they can grow back )

Dawn - posted on 03/24/2009

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If she is still getting infections you would want to put another tube in her ear. I am not a doc but I have two kiddos that have gone through tubes. One had two rounds. Ask your doc about rinsing the ear with Hydrogen Peroxide. Typically if caught soon enough, you can prevent infections. I rinse my kids ears out about once a month as it also helps to prevent other illnesses like colds and the flu. It is not full prof help but it does seem to make a huge difference. We have not had an ear infection or major illness with the kids in years. Hope this helps

Lisa - posted on 03/24/2009

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Most likely she will have to ahve them put back in . Wax will push them out. I suggest having your ENT doc tell you how to prevent the wax build up.

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