ear tubes

Amber - posted on 06/23/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 3 year old has fluid behind his ear drums that is causing hearing loss so he is getting ear tubes put in in a few weeks. Has anyone been threw this I know it's a minor surgery but I'm still nervous.

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Bobbie - posted on 12/29/2010

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well to let everyone know timothy will be going in on Tuesday jan 4th to have his tubes put in keep hin in ur thoughts that he does good

Bobbie - posted on 12/12/2010

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my 6 mo ols has had 3 double ear infections in less than 4 mo now we have an app on the 23rd to see the ENT i hope they fix it cuz he has been in so much pain and every time we get rid of them the flude stays there and dont go away will they end up putting tubes in

Jackie - posted on 06/30/2010

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Just had Kaylee's done 3 weeks ago. SHe had her follow up yesterday and they are looking wonderful. Her hearing test scores improved from 30-40 decibals (which is hearing aid level for the elderly) to the normal range...so it clearly made a difference. From the time I walked out of the OR after she was asleep (I got to hold her while she was put under) until the dr. came to talk to us was 17 minutes. She took a long nap when we got home was was her normal self when seh woke up. There is nothing to worry about and do it sooner rather than later esp. if there is hearing loss. That's why we didn't wait any longer...she just turned 18 mos,.

Christina - posted on 06/30/2010

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My son is now 8 but had his first set of tubes at the age of two. Over all he has had tubes put in 4 times now and hopefully has finally out growen ear infections! (PLEASE) However, its really not bad. At his age you will be more nervous then he will! Try to stay calm and happy so that he doesnt pick up on you being scared. They will take him in put him to sleep then You'll have to wait outside which is horrible for mom! After about 15 min the dr will come tell you that everything went great! Big happy sigh... You may have to wait til he wakes up to see him depending on the hospital. He may have an upset tummy but will probably be running around and felling great with in an hour! The first week after my sons first set of tubes he looked at things amazed cause he was hearing them for the first time! It was amazing to watch. Also, check with your dr or school district about getting a special help teacher involved with him now to help him catch up on lang development! I was shocked at how much that time with out hearing affect his school life. Most of the time the state and your insurance will cover the costs! Good Luck and know everything will be great!

Cristina - posted on 06/29/2010

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My daughter had to get tubes put in because she had a lot of ear infections and fluid. When I first saw the doctor and he told me that I wanted to get a second opion cause I thought maybe I didnt have to do the tubes, but I did. She got them put in about 6 months ago and ever since than she talks a lot better, her hearing is really good, and her balance is a lot better. It was really tough for me to have to do it but it really helped her a lot. She has 2 ear ifections since shes gotten them so thats a lot better than before.

Amber - posted on 06/29/2010

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My son is in a special needs preschool ( he has mild autism) with 15 hours a week of speech therapy built into his school days every week. I'm very excited to see the change in him when he can fully hear again.

Kathleen - posted on 06/29/2010

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i had my sons done because of the hearing loss, and it was affecting his development with speech, we did this about a month or 2 ago. they gave us notice that th e first day he would be cranky, but pretty much, he had the surgery at 10am, we were home by 11, he was wanting to be cuddled for a little bit, but after maybe an hour, he was back to his normal stuff. (tylenol helps a lot). i was terrified (had to take him in with my month old daughter, and do it all by myself). they do a great job to get the kids to relax and to gain their trust, but afterwards the kids dont want anything to do with them... however, on the bright side: my son has picked up so many new words, can hear even the slightest whisper (before you could only talk to him if you were right in his face with a very loud voice). his speech has improved greatly, but this week we actually start some speech therarpy classes that are geared to teach the child how to talk correctly, and teach the parents new ways to get their kids talking and pronunciating their words, getting him back up to speed with other 2 year olds. talk with your physician, they could offer some places that do this with children, some that your insurance may even pay for. when i had brice tested for his speech abilities before he had the tubes, he was considered "highly unintelligable" (basically insurance speak for he is behind and needs therapy to catch up to other kids his age- nothing to do with his actual intelligence). look into that, it is supposed to do amazing things for children.
good luck with the tubes! it is not bad, a little scary cause you cant help him, but in the end, this is the best thing possible that you could do for him!

Kate - posted on 06/24/2010

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My son had tubes put in 23 years ago when he was 5. lt went well then and l'm sure they've improved on the procedure a lot since then. lt is not very traumatic for the child. As l remember, he had no pain afterwards and he had his adnoids taken out at the same time.

September - posted on 06/24/2010

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Hang in there Momma! I'm sure everything will be just fine however I know the feeling. Our son also had fluid behind his ears for a while and we were told we were going to need to get tubes put in his ears as well (he also had 7 ear infections in a 6 month period). Then we went on vacation mid May and planned to get the tubes put in when we got back. We had an appointment with an ears nose and throat doctor as soon as we got back from vacation and surprisingly the fluid had drained while we were away. So we had the option of going ahead and getting the tubes or waiting to see if he gets another ear infection. We decided to wait it out and luckily he has yet to have an infection. I think it's completely normal to feel nervous. Just know it's what's best and stay strong! Good luck, I hope everything goes well! :)

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