My 14 month old has cronic ear infections and we have been told to think about tubes, have you gone through this? Did it work for you? Was it painful?

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Noreen - posted on 02/23/2009

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Sorry I am against the tubing. My son had ear infections all the time too and I went to see a homeopathic doctor and he checked my son for allergies as well. We took out cows milk and turned to rice milk...has not had an ear infection in 2 years!!!

Sarah - posted on 02/24/2009

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My daughter who is 5 now, had tubes at 14 months, and my son who is 14 months now, had them put in at 10 months. I had immediate results with both of them. I am glad I did it. It is surgery, but it is no big deal, it is only a 30 minute process, and I dont think they are out for more than 10 minutes. I could not even tell they had had surgery that day, they were back to normal within a few hours, my daughter was completely fine on the way home from the hospital. I think it is worth it, but I would get 2 opinions, and ask around about what ENT you should use. One thing that I experienced with my son and not my daughter, though was that I had to elevate his head with a pillow in his crib at night, because he would scream, the ENT told me to do this, and it really helped. I've kept the pillow in there, but he was almost 1, if they are an infant, you could elevate their head by putting the pillow under the sheet.

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I had two sets of tubes in my ears as a child.  I recommend it.  My ear infections were caused from an allergy to milk; perhaps it might be worth researching to see if your little one has any allergies that could be contributing to the infections.

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Traci - posted on 03/02/2009

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I had a lot of ear infections when I was little and by age 2 had tubes put in. I do not remember them putting them in or anything. My mom said it was the best thing for me at the time. The docs were amazed I could even hear without them. My mom did say after I had the tubes in I no longer had ear infections and I spoke more because I could finally hear myself.

Cara - posted on 03/02/2009

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I have now switched him over to soy milk...I am hoping this works - when I was nursing I couldn't drink milk - he would get VERY fussy when I did!! Thank you everyone for the advice!!

Brandi - posted on 03/01/2009

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Is your child allergect to milk? My child had so many ear infections and I quit giving her milk and they went away.

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Hi there, my 4yr old has had at least 11 ear infections since 3mths of age. We started going to a chiropractor last Aug (a month after an ear infection) and she has been ear infection free so far and less sick than her older brother. I too have heard good things about tubes but was not convinced after I did some research. Tubes may last only 6 months before they fall out and if child needs tubes again they also take out their adenoids. Good Luck!!

Kelly - posted on 02/28/2009

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One of my boys had tubes at two (he wasn't talking much at all at his 2 year check up, I asked about a speech evaluation, we went for one, and they said he wasn't talking because his ear drums didn't move and he couldn't hear). He had them again at seven, because I could tell his hearing was not what it should be again. They do fall out after several months, on their own, in a growing child. He had to wear custom made earplugs when he showered and swam the second time. The surgery wasn't bad, no pain or problems, except, be prepared for the wake-up period being rough. The first time, he screamed and cried unconsolably for probably half an hour after waking up, before he finally calmed down. The second time he didn't cry, he threw up. The one downside I recently found out, is that my husband always has problems with his ears when he has a cold. They will get "stopped up" feeling and he can't hear well, sometimes for several days. It is very annoying to him. He went to the doctor for this, and the doctor said he has scar tissue from when he had tubes as a child, and that nothing could fix it but more surgery, which of course my husband is not about to do. So now I wonder if all the kids who are now getting tubes, will end up with problems from it later in life. I wish I had known to ask about this when our son was little. My husband didn't have problems with it until he was in his thirties. The good news is, they do outgrow the tendency for ear infections (we were told it would happen before age 10 or so) when their ear canals grow sufficiently for drainage. So if the cons do outweigh the pros for surgery, at least it won't last forever anyway.

Dana - posted on 02/25/2009

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I had tubes as a child and an adenoidectomy.  I still remember the surgery, the only scary part for me was the anesthesia (but I think they've changed the way they do things now).  But then I remember waking up and they said I could eat as much ice cream as I wanted!  My throat was sore, which could have been due to the adenoids being removed.  After the surgery I didn't have ear infections any more.  Then I remember when I was older the tubes came out, I felt a tickle in my ear and there was this little tube.



Hope this helps.  It must be scary, as a parent, to think about your child having surgery.  Good Luck!

Alicia - posted on 02/24/2009

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I've heard great things about chiropractors. If you can find someone you trust, it's worth a try.

Cara - posted on 02/24/2009

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Thank you so much for your help!! When he was younger he was a bit lactose intolerant, I will be looking into the milk allergy thing, thanks again for the feedback!!

Dina - posted on 02/23/2009

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Is your son on cow's milk? If he is try switching him to soy for 6 months and see if his ears get better. A friend on mine had a son that had tubes for most of his life he is 8 now about a year ago her ped told her to try soy milk for six months and his ears are perfect. No infections no tubes.

Good luck.

Sarah - posted on 02/23/2009

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All 4 of my kids have gotten tubes. One at 15 month, one at 7 months, one at 14 months and one at 4 months. They all have done great with tubes and it helps a lot. No more ear infections. My oldest still gets the infection but it just drains out of his ear and then we use the drops.. They can hear better and do not have to be on so much meds. It was not painful and it is really fast. I think it is a great idea.. At least go and meet with the ENT doctor.

Charlene - posted on 02/23/2009

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My daughter has actually had two separate sets of tubes put in her ears. It was a huge help in eliminating the chronic ear infections. It was really not painful to have done -- she did not like having the ear drops put in her ears afterwards, but that was just for a short time. When I compare to what happened to her without the tubes (ruptured both ear drums during an infection), the tubes are definitely worth while.

Lori - posted on 02/23/2009

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My son got tubes put in when he was 6 months old. It was the best thing we ever did for him it wasn't painful and the surgery only took a short time he no longer has his tubes in and now he is doing fine ear infection free for a year now

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