what do u think about getting tubes put in your children's ears? it is looking like a possibility for my son and i just want to know what to expect,from a mothers point of view. if you have a story i would love to hear it, and any tips too! thanks! i appreciate it!

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Nikki - posted on 02/19/2009

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Quoting jennifer:



I'm an hearing specialist and I work with some prominent ENTs, and I wanted to address a couple things I read.






Ear infections are not caused by a pinched tube that runs down the spine, and not caused by chemicals in the home, and not caused by a birth defect (in the majority of cases. Cleft palate, Down's Syndrome, etc can cause a higher number of ear infections). They are caused by an over-growth of bacteria in the ear, which causes a fluid/white blood cell build-up. There is a tube that connects the middle ear space to the back of the throat called the Eustachion Tube and in children, that tube is horizontal (as they grow, the E-tube becomes vertical). Any inflammation in the tube (whether from enlarged adnoids, or infection) combined with the horizontal presentation of the tube, will cause the tube to not open and function properly, thereby preventing fluid in the middle ear from draining. Adults have a vertical Eustachion Tube which is why infections are less common, though they certainly occur.






The inflammation can also be caused by allergies, but if treating the allergy doesn't reduce the ear infections, tubes are typically placed.






It is very common to have combination tube surgery (called myringotomy and tubes) with adnoid removal. The good thing about tubes is that keep the child from being on antibiotic after antibiotic, and reduce the possibility of antibiotic resistence.






And ear drop or oil will NOT help a middle ear infection. Drops put in the ear canal will only go as far as the ear drum. A middle ear infection is on the other side of the ear drum. The only thing drops will do is reduce an inflammation of the ear drum and help with pain relief. They will NOT help middle ear fluid drain.






One thing to keep in mind if your child has tubes is to use ear plugs during bathtime and swimming. If water gets into the ears, through the tubes and into the middle ear space, and infection can occur. The tubes will allow any infected fluid to drain into the ear canal (tubes essentially act as a "replacement" Eustachion Tube, draining fluid into the ear canal rather than down the back of the throat).






Sorry for the long post. Hope this helps!






This was the best reply yet! Loved it!!

Kelly - posted on 04/02/2012

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my 2 year old has them and he really needed them so was a good idea only problem is he wont put ear plugs in so i worry about him in the bath and i have to be so careful with washing his hair he has long hair (shoulder length) so its hard but i do it with a flannel and im always worried when my 4 year old splashes him but i guess im being over protective in a way, but id rather he didn't damage his ears

Liv - posted on 02/24/2009

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well i took my son to the doctor and he has another ear infection. so his doctor put him on the strongest antibiodics avalible for his age, if this doesnt help in 2 weeks then we will have to take him to an ENT to discuss tubes....i will give another update then! thanks!

Melissa - posted on 02/21/2009

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My son was born premature and had so many respiratory infections for the first 22 months of his life! He was hardly talking and was so sickly looking, a week before his 2nd bday we did the tubes and adenoids and I swear he came home from the hospital the same day looked better and talking!! He didn't get sick again till he was 5 and the tubes feel out w/n 24hrs he had an ear infection, so they did tubes and tonsils and he was great for another 3 years and the tubes feel out, sick again Dr. thought we should see if he would get over it this time and he did and is doing great! I am all for it.

Kimberly - posted on 02/20/2009

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My daughter had tubes put in at 14 mths. She had about 8 ear infections in her first year. We were terrified at the idea of her having surgery. But I'll tell you, it was a good decision. Not only has she not had an ear infection since (she's 3 1/2), but it cut down on all other illnesses as well. She actually still has the tubes in, which is much longer than the dr said they would stay in. As for the surgery, your son will be just fine. Our daughter was scared and fussy in the recovery area, but was back to herself by the time we got home from the hospital. It's definitely worse on the parent than on the child:)

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Kelly - posted on 04/02/2012

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i appropriate that they have been fine and i dont mean this in a horrible way but u do know grommets create a hole in the ear drum so water can get in where it isn't suppose to and can cause them to go completely deaf. i think Ur ENT may of advised u wrong as my son is under Manchester children's hospital and stepping hill audiology and they both were very clear on the dangers of getting water in his ears x

Liv - posted on 02/22/2009

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Hi! I just wanted to thank all the Mom's that posted their answers and stories to my question! i really appreciate all the advice. if my son does have to get the tubes put in i will be a little bit more relaxed to know what is expected from a mother's point of view.whenever i ask the doctor about it he always answers my questions, but doesnt really answer how it will feel emotionally, but now that i have read all of your advice and stories i am better prepared....so thank you all again!





oh yea and i will have to update everyone on my sons condition....i will probably be taking him to the doctor again tomorrow b.c. he just had a 3rd ear infection and took antibiodics for 10 days, but is still pulling at his ears and running a fever. so i will have to see what his doctor says and let you know! thanks again everyone!

Ali - posted on 02/21/2009

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Hi Liv



I deleted my original reply as it had a lot of what had been already answered. But I would agree about not  waiting as my son and daughter had the tubes and they have not looked back.....My sons hearing didn't even show up on the graph when they tested him at 5 months. Now his hearing is perfect. Also remember the earplugs at bathtime..hairwashing especially and swimming. The grometts mostly fall out within 6 months of their own accord. They are very small, and I found one in my sons cot...it was a blue one. Good luck and hope your childs ears and hearing are fine.  Ali xxx

Kimberly - posted on 02/20/2009

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By the way, our ENT told us we didn't need to bother with earplugs after getting the tubes put in. My daughter had tubes put in over two years, we've never used earplugs in the bath or pool, and she's never had any problems with it.

Amie - posted on 02/20/2009

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What to expect can vary from kid to kid. Two of mine ended up needing them. (I have 3) My one daughter got them done when she was 3. Her's was a terrible experience for us. More emotionally terrible though. She threw up on the operating table because she had gotten up the night before and snuck a snack. Their not supposed to eat after supper time the night before. Then when she woke up from the anesthetic she cried so hard because everything was so loud now! I felt so bad because there was nothing I could do but let her adjust to being able to hear properly. It wasn't long though before she adjusted and her speech improved rapidly after that as well and she has had only one ear infection since then! (She'll be 9 this summer) That in itself was a little scary. It was winter and winter in Canada can be brutal. I rushed her to the emergency room because she had stuff leaking out of her ears that was a little pink from some blood in there too. She was fine though, she had an ear infection and because of the tubes it was draining. She was fine, by the end of the day the leaking had stopped too. My son got his done when he was 4, just 4 months ago actually. With him you'd never know he had gone through anything. He woke up fine, didn't make a peep other than to ask for food! LOL! He was so hungry and tired from having to be at the hospital so early in the morning. We went home and had a nap and that afternoon he was running around like crazy with his sister's once again. His speech has also drastically improved since then. Everyone can understand him now, his biggest thing is getting over the stutter he's developed. He gets so excited to be able to talk so that people understand he tries to get it all out at once and trips over words. We just remind him to take a breath and relax then he's fine and talking normally again. =)

Shelley - posted on 02/20/2009

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We have a friend who's daughter always had an ear infection they learned how to do a massage on her to get the fluid moving out of her ears down through her lymph system. She has not had to have tubes since they started and can hear perfectly fine.

Nikki - posted on 02/19/2009

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p.s the doc said there was sooo much fluid in his ears when he did the surgery he was at risk of loosing all or partial hearing in his left ear. If you do decide to get the tubes, don't wait too long. my ped told me he didn;t need them and wouldn't give me a referral to an ENT because he was so young when it happened and he almost suffered the rest of his life because of this.

Nikki - posted on 02/19/2009

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My almost 3 yr old had his tubes put in when he was 9 mos old after having a constant ear infection for 5 months. I can happily say that he has nit had any problems with them or ANY ear infestions since :)

Angie - posted on 02/19/2009

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my daughter had really bad ear infections when she was a baby and i also went with the chiropractor instead of tubes. she is now 9 yrs old and hasnt had an ear infection since she was 2. her doctor at the time didnt believe in chiropractors being able to fix the ears. i told him i was going to give it a try and he said if it worked he would start giving referals for that instead of tubes. to this day he is sending his patients to the chiropractor.


 

Anahita - posted on 02/19/2009

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My son kept getting double ear infections week after week. The doctor suggested switching his diet. We took out all dairy products and switched to soy products for him and it was like a miracle. No ear infections for 3 months now.
It might help if you look into it. But the tubes are also a very good option as it does cure it very quickly. And based on the research I did for my son, it only has a 2 hour recovery and by the end of the day he'll be up and running around.

Peggy - posted on 02/18/2009

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Dear Liv



It has been many years since I dealt with the choice you are facing but I can tell you my experences with children and tubes. All 3 of my children had problems with ear infections. My son (the oldest) had his first ear infection at about the age of 3 weeks and was continuously on antibiotics for a year and a half. Finally the suggested the tubes. to me they were a life saver. After the surgery for the tubes I did not have to deal with all the medications nor the crabby child. Because sometimes the tubes work their way out of the ear they need to replace them as they did with both my son and oldest daughter but to me it was well worth it. Both of my daughters also had tubes put in and I had the same end results. My advice to you though is if they try selling you on expensive ear plugs to keep the water out don't go for it. I did with my son and after the first 6 months of batteling with them to get them to stay in his ear and then his ears out grew them it was not worth the money I paid. With my daughters the doctor suggested "silly puddy" and it works wonders. I had tubes put in my ears 2 years ago and I used the silly puddy and never had any problems with using it myself. Hope this helps some.



Peg

Joy - posted on 02/18/2009

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Please do it!!!!
My daughter needed them, but the pediatrician said she didn't... and we didn't think about getting a second opinion.
Turns out she wasn't hearing at all and has auditory processing issues as a result of not hearing. She's 14 and it's a big issue.

Leah - posted on 02/18/2009

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I have twins and they have both had tubes. one of the boys was successful. the tubes stayed in and we had no more ear infections. but the other boy was not so successful. his tubes fell out about 3 mos after they were put in. that was before thier first bday. They are 5 now and we redid the unseccessful one about 2 mos ago. so far so good. The doc said it is different with every child and it does take more than one try sometimes. It also depends on how well you take care of them in post op. the son who was successful was much better about making sure his ear plugs didn't come out while swimming and bathing, while the other boy didn't seem to notice as much when his plugs feel out while swimming and so on. I think they are a good thing, and do help with long term side effects like hearing loss and sinus damage

Michele - posted on 02/18/2009

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I personally have had tudes at least 3 times as a child. I think it would be worth it . If you are concerned , as always, get a second opinion from another E.N.T.

Julie - posted on 02/18/2009

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My daughter had tubes put in her ears at age 18 months old, she was getting ear infections all the time, it did help with the infections, but she ALWAYS had a runny nose..ALWAYS... She is now 8 and has allergies/asthma, I took her to a Ashtma/ Allergy specialists and was telling him about her medical past and he told me he did NOT agree with Tubes,he said most of the time Kids have allergies and if you get that taken care of they won't need the tubes, he also told me if I ever knew of anyone getting tubes to please pass on that information and have them find a specialists to see about allergies BEFORE going with the tubes.

Candace - posted on 02/18/2009

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My son had them at 10 months of age after having a chronic ear infection for 4 months straight. He has only had 2 infections in the past 14 months. It was the best thing that we could have done.

Erin - posted on 02/18/2009

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My son had tubes put in when he was about 5, and again at 7. He was sick all the time prior to the surgeries, and averaging 4-6 ear infections every winter. Since the second surgery, which included having his uvula trimmed and adenoids removed, he has been the healthiest kid! A cold now and then, but no more ear infections. They have to wear ear plugs in the shower, bath, and when swimming in non chlorinated water, but it was worth it!

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I had it done to both ears three times! The last time I was 12 year old. I didn't feel the tubes in my ear but I remember the doctor telling my mom the tubes would fall out without me feeling them. That was true with the exception of one. I was in school when I felt something and it turned out to be one of the tubes. As a child it was scary being in the hospital but that what is. Not to age myself but this was more than two decades ago so I am not what has changed since then! If anything I would think it has probably gotten easier and better. Ear pain is one of the worse pains so anything that will help is worth a try! Good Luck!

Michelle - posted on 02/18/2009

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Every child is different...However, are daughter had tubes before her first birthday and she has never had an ear infection again! She is 4 now and just lost one of her tubes. It was the best thing for our daughter.

Christine - posted on 02/18/2009

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My son had to have tubes put in his ears at an early as well. Right after the surgery he ended up with an ear infection. The doctors stated that he was probably developing one before the surgery. The surgery went great, a little scary for me and my husband for such a little thing being put under. The process did not take long at all. When they let us go to recovery that put him in my arms so that he could wake up that way knowing that I was there the whole time. This worked out great. He is 3 years old and had not had an infection until recently when the whole family got sick with the sinus and virus that was going around. I would definitely have this done for your child. It does not always work out well for every child. I was told the tubes can come out whenever and somestimes it can happen too soon for a child. My sons tubes are out of his eardrum but they are still sitting in the ear canal. The doctor tried to get one of them out a few weeks ago and was not able to reach it. I wish you luck and hope things go great for your little one.

Melissa - posted on 02/18/2009

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My son had constant ear infections for 5 months. My husband and I were reluctant to undergo surgery, but after knowing that his hearing was being affected and that could cause speech delays, we went ahead and scheduled the surgery for the day after his first birthday. Looking back, I wish I would have done it earlier. My son hasn't had an ear infection since. Handing your child over for surgery is one of the scariest moments - I'm not going to lie - but the surgery was over in a matter of 15 minutes and he was back in our arms. When they come out of anethesia make sure you have something for them to eat - I didn't bring a bottle and he was starving and cried the entire way home. He was pretty drugged up and that was hard to see, but he was fine by the afternoon. He is delayed in his speech and we're receiving quarterly evaluations to make sure he's progressing as he should be.

Alisabeth - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hi, My 11 month old has had 5 ear infections so far, and is just getting ready to get his tubes put in.  I actually asked for them because I can't see a kiddo having 5 rounds of antibiotics before the age of 1.  The procedure is very minor and takes less than 10 minutes.  The tubes can save you a lot of time in the Dr.'s office in the upcoming years, as well as give you a few good nights of sleep.  But my whole thought is that if I can save him from having to take unnecessary meds. by having tubes put in, I'm all for it.  Also I talked to our ENT and if he has to have more than 2 sets of tubes before the age of 4, they'll take out his tonsils and adenoids.  Good luck.

Jennifer - posted on 02/18/2009

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I'm an hearing specialist and I work with some prominent ENTs, and I wanted to address a couple things I read.



Ear infections are not caused by a pinched tube that runs down the spine, and not caused by chemicals in the home, and not caused by a birth defect (in the majority of cases. Cleft palate, Down's Syndrome, etc can cause a higher number of ear infections). They are caused by an over-growth of bacteria in the ear, which causes a fluid/white blood cell build-up. There is a tube that connects the middle ear space to the back of the throat called the Eustachion Tube and in children, that tube is horizontal (as they grow, the E-tube becomes vertical). Any inflammation in the tube (whether from enlarged adnoids, or infection) combined with the horizontal presentation of the tube, will cause the tube to not open and function properly, thereby preventing fluid in the middle ear from draining. Adults have a vertical Eustachion Tube which is why infections are less common, though they certainly occur.



The inflammation can also be caused by allergies, but if treating the allergy doesn't reduce the ear infections, tubes are typically placed.



It is very common to have combination tube surgery (called myringotomy and tubes) with adnoid removal. The good thing about tubes is that keep the child from being on antibiotic after antibiotic, and reduce the possibility of antibiotic resistence.



And ear drop or oil will NOT help a middle ear infection. Drops put in the ear canal will only go as far as the ear drum. A middle ear infection is on the other side of the ear drum. The only thing drops will do is reduce an inflammation of the ear drum and help with pain relief. They will NOT help middle ear fluid drain.



One thing to keep in mind if your child has tubes is to use ear plugs during bathtime and swimming. If water gets into the ears, through the tubes and into the middle ear space, and infection can occur. The tubes will allow any infected fluid to drain into the ear canal (tubes essentially act as a "replacement" Eustachion Tube, draining fluid into the ear canal rather than down the back of the throat).



Sorry for the long post. Hope this helps!

Becca - posted on 02/18/2009

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Unless your child was born with a birth defect of the eustachian tubes, than your child likely has an allergy that is causing the root problem.  If you put tubes in it does not correct the root problem.  It gives you a year (the amount of time tubes stay in before they fall out) to discover what in your childs world causes excess fluid to build up in his ears.  Dairy is often a huge culprit yet it is very challenging to entirely remove it because it cannot say just "dairy free", but also should be caseine free and contain no butter.  Gluten and soy or any of the hard to digest stuff can also contribute.  It doesn't make it "easy", but eliminating things that acts toxic in their bodies is way better than a life of needing to medicate and operate.  It is also healthier especially in the sense that by eliminating some of those foods, often it means avoiding much of the high sugar processed stuff that is detrimental to health in general in the sense that it speeds the aging process and deterioration of cells.  If you hear stories on tubes most people end up with them several times and then at some point get tonsils and adenoids removed - yuck.  Yep that fixes a symptom, but not the cause.  This is important especially since depending on the allergy, left untreated could cause asthma, leaky gut which could lead to autism and adhd symptoms, it can effect every major organ producing a wide variety of symptoms (usually wherever the child has a weakness), behavioral challenges, or God fobid anaphylaxis.  If your childs hearing is effected then get the tubes, but use that year to find the allergy culprit.  Good luck!

Heather - posted on 02/17/2009

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My son got tubes at a year and a half. It was a lifesaver for us and for him. He was sick all the time until he got them. If your child is getting ear infection after ear infection, I highly recommend them. The procedure is really quick. The discomfort only lasts about a day. As soon as he got the tubes, he started talking.

Vanessa - posted on 02/17/2009

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My son, Hunter, has had 3 sets of tubes, with the most recent being in August right before he started Kindergarten. He had ear infection after ear infection when he was younger and the tubes have definitely helped. After being told that he had to have a third set, I broke down and cried in the doctor's office. His doctor comforted me and said that it wasn't unusual to have multiple sets. The surgery itself was quick & easy. Just beware of the nausea following the anesthesia (no nausea the first surgery, but he threw up the 2nd & 3rd time.) Good luck!

Evelyn - posted on 02/17/2009

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My son is now 14 and has his 3rd set... permanent ones now.   He had chronic ear infections from 6 months on, had his first set of tubes between 9 mo and 1 year old.  As a result, he has some hearing loss and his speech is slightly muffled sounding.   Tubes were/are a good treatment, but not nessasarily a cure.  My daughter had one set and has never had another problem.  Thing is, you never know if your child will be the one that just needs the tubes for a little while to get over a fluid build-up, or if they are the one who will have troubles regardless.  I will say this though, if I had it to do over again with my son, I would have insisted the Dr take out his tonsils at the same time since he has started with problems with them now.  I guess my point is you may need the tubes, not a big deal with the surgery part at all, but it may not be a perfect result.  Good luck....  

Shirley - posted on 02/17/2009

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Hi my son had grommets 3 times because of ear infection after ear infection, after a while they start to work themselves out i couldn't believe how small they were (only a few millimeters in length) it was the best thing that he had done, he is now 23yrs old and don't have any problems.  Hope everything  goes ok for you all.

Marilyn - posted on 02/17/2009

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My son had tubes put in when he was 11 months old.  Our doctor did not recommend it for someone so young, but we had it done anyway. The reason is that we have a nephew who did not get it done early  enough and had alot of speech problems.  The reason the doctor wanted us to wait was that for a child that young they could have fallen out easier.  We just were vigilant about having them checked .  They never did fall out.  It is surgery, so that part was pretty nerve wracking, but it is over with so quickly.

Michelle - posted on 02/17/2009

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Well i think they are the best thing for children needing gromits(thats what we call them in New Zealand) My son was only 17 months when he had his inserted and man what a difference. He couldn't even say mama or ta, the basic words just didn't come. He had two older brothers so we just wanted him to talk. We knew he could hear but, we didn't know what quality he could hear. Well any way after many ear infections and screaming episodes in the car from the altitude change when driving we got them done. It started talking about a month after getting them done and now he is 2 and a half and talks so well everyone comments on his language. Good luck with your decision

Nicole - posted on 02/17/2009

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We had discussed tubes with my son's ENT.  He started getting Chiropractic care, since I had been told that can help.  It did!  He never had to get tubes, and ear infections have stopped.

Tracy - posted on 02/17/2009

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Hey, my son (now 24) had it done when he was 4 and now his son (now 4) just had it done as well. Both are doing fine and haven't had a problem from the surgery or with ear infections since.

Gemma - posted on 02/17/2009

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my son had tubes in and tonsils and adenoids out all before his 3rd birthday. He no longer gets ear/chest/throat infections and can hear properly. I would reccomend to anyone to have it done we had to stay over becuase of having tonsils and adenoids out but otherwise it was just a day. There is a history of hearing problems in my family and I am glad that my son who is know 9 years old had the tube fitted and has been dicharged from the ent clinic.

Gemma - posted on 02/17/2009

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my son had tubes in and tonsils and adenoids out all before his 3rd birthday. He no longer gets ear/chest/throat infections and can hear properly. I would reccomend to anyone to have it done we had to stay over becuase of having tonsils and adenoids out but otherwise it was just a day. There is a history of hearing problems in my family and I am glad that my son who is know 9 years old had the tube fitted and has been dicharged from the ent clinic.

Gemma - posted on 02/17/2009

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my son had tubes in and tonsils and adenoids out all before his 3rd birthday. He no longer gets ear/chest/throat infections and can hear properly. I would reccomend to anyone to have it done we had to stay over becuase of having tonsils and adenoids out but otherwise it was just a day. There is a history of hearing problems in my family and I am glad that my son who is know 9 years old had the tube fitted and has been dicharged from the ent clinic.

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There are certainly benefits to having tubes, and many people have them with no problem.  However, I will relate my story with tubes, as I did in an earlier forum post about the same issue.  I had tubes put into my ears when I was small, because I had constant ear infections and the doctors thought it would be the best way to cure them.  The tube in my right ear worked its way out, as normal, and everything was fine.  The left tube, however, took longer to work its way out, and when it did it left me with a hole in my eardrum.  I had to have the eardrum reconstructed in a surgery where they lifted skin from behind my ear and used it to patch the eardrum.  That was done twice-once to fix the eardrum the first time, and again a few years later, because the patch ruptured and had to be replaced.  As a child, I had to wear earplugs and rubber swim caps in the water, and wasn't allowed to dive or be in any situation in which pressure was put on my ears.  Once I got older, the patch strengthened, and I learned how to immediately clean out my ears after being in water, so I didn't have to wear the plugs and cap anytime I went swimming.  I do still have significant hearing loss in that ear, though, and I have always had to keep a close check on anything that even *might* turn into an ear infection, because there is always the possibility that, although I have not had trouble from it in years, something could happen and it would have to be repatched.  As I said, I know many people have had tubes and had wonderful results.  But I relate my story because I feel that people should be aware that there is *always* a possibility that it might not go smoothly, and that should be weighed in your decision.  There are many other, less invasive things to try before getting tubes, like the chiropractor mentioned by several people and checking for food allergies (wheat is a common culprit in situations like this). 

Kimya - posted on 02/17/2009

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I think it would be a great idea to help alleviate the pain your child is experiencing. My son was also having back to back ear infections. The medication would work temporarily and then he would get the infection any time he had a cold and since my son has allergies, it seemed constant. It took a little longer than expected for the tubes to fall out, about two years after the surgery. Since the tubes came out, he has had one or two infections, but I think the tubes really helped him so much. Besides that, it will help so that your child doesn't have hearing problems in the future. I wish you all the best.. :)

Laural - posted on 02/17/2009

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I had three of my four children gets tubes and wish that I had known it was a possiblility for my first child.  My children all had chronic ear infections.  They were often so bad that the ear drum would rupture.  They couldn't hear very well, and were constantly on antibiotics that never worked to clear up the infection.  My daughter got to the point where she hated going to the doctor and wouldn't tell us her ears hurt unitl it would rupture.  This is not only painful, but can cause permanent damage.  I finally went to an ear, nose, and throat doctor.  He was very good and genuinely cared about my children.  The procedure was quick and my kids recovered fast.  I would do it again in a heart beat.  One of my children has actually them twice.  We are all much healthier and happier.

Denise - posted on 02/17/2009

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My son seemed to have ear infections all the time like months in a row - We had the tubes in and were told they would come out or fall out in 6-9 months. That's what they did fall out and I do not think he has had an infection since. He was like 2 and is now 9.

Tracey - posted on 02/17/2009

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my 3 year old had constant infections in both ears since he started to teeth, we have had non-stop sleepless nights up until november, when he had adanoids, gromets and tonsils done, I was really worried about him having the op, but since then he has slept through every night, and hasn't had a single ear infection since. Not only that since the operation, his speach has improved so much, so personally I think it was the best thing and I wish he had it done earlier.



Good luck and I hope it all works out for the best.



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Rheagan - posted on 02/17/2009

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My 2 yr old had tubes in Oct of 08. It was by far the best decision I have made. He wasn't trying to talk or anything before and now he is jabbering away all the time!

Jacqueline - posted on 02/17/2009

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Hi jus a thought, i was told by doctors that you should never put anything like oil in the ears. maybe they have come up with a new idea by using it, but i wouldnt use it.

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Hi im guessin you mean grommets, my 2 oldest kids had it done wen they was little, the first one had it done age about 5, and they removed her adenoids too, it is a quick operation, and they did it to her cos she was not hearing things, and also at school she wasnt pickin up the pronounciation of sounds, and thats how they found out abt her hearing, also her moods, her balance , it all tied into needin the tubes, and she was fine for a couple of yrs, and aged abt 6 she had them done again, as they can fall out, and they did after a few mths, which is rare, they found her adenoids had grown back, this is also rare, but can happen , at age 7 the inner ear canal stops growing, so grommets or tubes as you call them are not used as much, although my oldest had them again, then my 2nd oldest , i noticed she had similar symptons and i knew she needed them, she again had it done 2 times, over a few yrs, the say the shape of the inner ear is hereditary, so i would say if one of our kids has had it done then its possible another would need it.. hope this helps..

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My daughter had tubes put in when she was 8 months old. The procedure is really fast. It's outpatient so you are home the same day. There was a lot of drainage, but that is normal. You have to put ear drops in for about a week after the surgery. My daughter tolerated the surgery just fine.

Jessica - posted on 02/17/2009

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my kids have been fortunate enough not to have ear problems (knock on wood) But my younger sister had ear infection after ear infection... She had about 4 sets of tubes put in. They fall out after time as your ear grows, so no set of tubes are permanent. She eventually had her adnoids removed, they sit ontop of your tonsils and apply pressure to your ear canal. I would recommend that to any parent that has a child with repeated ear problems. She was a whole other child after that surgery. I shouldn't say surgery cause it isn't major, but it is a small outpatient proceedure. I really don't remember her having any more ear infections after that. But to your present concern, tubes are not a big deal, they are an easy fix to a childs pain. Good luck with your childs proceedure. Keep us updated on his progress.

User - posted on 02/17/2009

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oh and you can look online for something called "Wally's Ear Oil" you drop it in their ears and it helps all that gunk come out on its own!

User - posted on 02/17/2009

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oh and you can look online for something called "Wally's Ear Oil" you drop it in their ears and it helps all that gunk come out on its own!

User - posted on 02/17/2009

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hi! i was told, when my 21 month old was a little over a year old, that i had no choice but to get tubes put in his ears. i just had a problem with them putting my baby to sleep. anyway, i researched and found that when children are born, the stress of being in a womb for several months and also the birthing process can cause their spine to be aligned wrong... there is a tube that runs down your spine that drains your ears and if a child's spine is not aligned it can pinch that tube which in turn will cease the draining of fluid and cause, ear infections and hearing problems. I took my son at 13 months old to the chiropractor and he is now almost 2 and hasn't had an ear infection since! It really works wonders for our family. I started taking all my children! It does wonders for you child ridding their bodies of sickness as well. My kids over a cold after a couple days where it used to take weeks! Anyway, look into it before you opt for tubes. You may not have to get tubes... and not to mention most chiropractors give very good discounts for children!

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