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Has anyone had tubes put in their babies ears and how were they after the tubes

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My son just got tubes in today. I was really worried about it, but I was so impressed. The procedure was really quick and my 17 month old did not even cry. He has been a little groggy and fussy today, but everything when well. To find out how to survive ear infections check out http://www.bellytobellybutton.com/?p=135

Tricia - posted on 01/16/2009

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We have not looked back since putting in tubes in July (at 11 months). We had 7 ear infections in 9 months. Since the tubes, we occasionally notice some drainage but when checked by the pediatrician, he has not had an ear infection. The drainage is what would cause an infection in the past for us, so instead, now it drains out. He has really picked up babbling and talking since the surgery. Our doctor explained that every time he had fluid in his ears (that eventually led to the infections) he would hear as well as any of us would when we were under water. I don't know about you but when I learned that, I did not want my fear of surgery to hampen his ability to hear and talk. You can buy ear plugs at Wal-mart to use during bathtime or the pool (the ENT said to use them but the pediatrician said in the bath she wasn't as concerned since we aren't playing in dirty water). We also bought something on the internet that covers the earplus in the pool so he can go swimming (we did not have great luck this summer with using the ear band because he would pull it off immediately - maybe we'll have better luck this summer since he'll understand better). Oh, by the way, the procedure literally took 5 minutes. By the time we got to the waiting room and had grabbed a bagel, the doctor was out to tell us it was over. Since he couldn't eat since the night before, the worst part about the whole procedure was seeing a starving boy in the recovery room. The ENT was also only going to do one ear because that was the chronic ear but our pediatrician convinced her to do both since the other one had also had some, thought not as frequent. So glad we did because there's no reason to have two surgeries. Hope this helps.

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User - posted on 01/24/2009

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Thank you so much the tubes are wonderful she has even sleep a few FULL nights she has never did that . They also told us that water was ok just not swimming without something in her ears.

Claire - posted on 01/23/2009

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Hi, I'm a Hearing Aid Practitioner, and I've seen these tubes myself, in many younger clients, and a few older adults.  I've never heard about anything bad, except the small chance of scar tissue on the eardrum after the tube is removed/falls out and the hole heals.  At age 5, it'd be a good idea to have their hearing examined, to be sure that if they had any hearing loss, that it also be treated if necessary.  Hearing Aid Practitioners and Audiologists could test a child's hearing, but only an Audiologist would be trained to fit them with any hearing aids.

Ginny - posted on 01/15/2009

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My son is 17 months and we just had tubes put in last month.  He was having cronic ear infections- 2-3 infections per month.  Since putting in the tubes, he has had no ear infections, sleeps through the night, has recovered from his hearing loss from the infections, and has tripled his vocab!  My daughter is 3 and she also had them put in.  We have never had any issues and have never regretted having them put in in either of our children.  The scariest part is for the parent- haveing your baby put to sleep and comforting them out of the anethesia is very scary, but well worth it for both your sanity and checkbook!

Cheralee - posted on 01/13/2009

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My daughter got tubes at 7 months and I would recommend it to anyone. The procedure was quick and she did great with it. We have since only had a couple of ear infections and they are not nearly as bad as what she had before. My stepson also had them, but didn't get them until almost 2 1/2 because his mom was hesitant and he has suffered a lot of speech problems due to the delay! Hope all goes well with your daughters. Oh, btw, our specialist told us that they are now finding it is healthier if the child is exposed to some water as long as it is clean water. She recommended no pond or ocean water and to not flood the ears with pool water, but baths and everyday exposure are not harmful as the tube will drain it right back out.

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oh, and also, it might not be as bad for your child because they kept putting sets of tubes in my ears. i had about 5 sets in my lifetime and then a myringoscopy to replace the hole it left in my eardrum when they finally removed the last set. some kids only need one or two sets of tubes to correct the problem they are there for.

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My kids haven't had them, but I had them when I was a baby. The big problem with the tubes is that you have to avoid getting water in their ears at all costs. Otherwise there will be a lot more ear infections. I had to wear ear plugs to shower and play in the pool and I didn't learn how to swim under water until I was about 20 lol. It's not bad, it makes it a lot easier to hear and helps with speech development, but there are downsides to it as well. I had to go to the ENT specialist a lot as a kid to have my ears suctioned out, like a vacuum. It's highly unpleasant because it's a very cold sensation and high pitched sucking noises really hurt the ear. I'm glad I got them because I would've gone deaf without them, though. Good luck and I hope it helps!

Wendi - posted on 12/17/2008

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Hi. My son had tubes put in when he was 8 months old. He has done great!!!! No more ear infections and he seems much happier. Now he babbles more and I think it is because he can hear sounds better.

Jana - posted on 12/16/2008

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My daughter hasn't but two of my close friends children had to have tubes put it. The procedure was done it about 20 minutes and both said that they children were SOO much better after having the tubes. Both said their children talked/babbled a lot more and just seemed happier. The "tube" is about the size of a piece of rice. Both of my friends were glad they didn't let their own fears prevent them from getting tubes for their little ones. Hope this helps.

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