does your child have ear tubes?

Melissa - posted on 04/07/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am a stay at home mom, but my son has still managed to get 5 ear infections over the last 4 months. I guess he is just very prone to them. If he gets one more the doctor said he should get ear tube surgery. I am wondering - if you have been through this with your child, how many ear infections did they have before you had the surgery? Were you glad you did it?

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Sarah - posted on 04/07/2010

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oh yes. my son had to have both ears done when he was 2 1/2, when we realised that the ear infection he'd had since the month before was still there. He also had his adenoids out (not the tonsils though) on the same day. He went in at 9am, and was out by 10am. He was a bit sore, but nothing paracetamol could cope with, and by the following day is a right as rain. he'll be 4 in june and had a couple of ear infection, but obviously he's not feeling as much pain as before. so yes, go for it.

Crystal - posted on 04/07/2010

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My 4yr old had tubes out in her ears when she was 2 the doctor(ent) was the best and said the the tubes where not the painful part my little one had to get her tonsils and adenoids taken out to. But in the end my daughter was healthy and has only had one or two ear infection since then!

Lori - posted on 04/07/2010

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Yes, my son had the EB tubes at four years old. His body became immune to antibiotics and 5 ear infections was a cake walk comparitively. If your pediatrician is recommending following through with the surgery~DO IT! Chronic ear infections can lead to deafness and speech delays. I've heard of several children having several sets of tubes but my child only needed one set. One recommendation that our ENT (Ears Nose & Throat Specialist) doctor gave us was long after his 30 day recovery period was up to continue using the earplugs whenever my child was around water. Bathing included. My son was four years old when he had the EB tubes placed in his ears and is now 16 years old and has never had a problem since. Times have changed much since then but a recommendation to see the ENT Specialist was after a year of chronic ear infections. A different anti biotic every two weeks, another doctor appointment every two weeks. The biggest part of the surgery was his ability to hear afterwards. He had such a major blockage in the inner ear that he had been deaf up until that point. Echos and hearing things for the first time was most definately a change for him. Plan on keeping noises to minimal for a little while. Even the sound of the vaccum cleaner startled him at first. His speech did begin to pick up and before too long he was chit chatting a mile a minuite. Afterwards, the ENT Specialist saw my son for about two years every six months to ensure that the tubes were an effective way of treatment. It took a year and a half for both tubes to fall out. To this date, he's never had another ear infection even associated with his seasonal allergy problem. I hope that you will find this information helpful and I wish you the best of luck.

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