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Ear infections and tubes

Nichole - posted on 12/09/2008 ( 62 moms have responded )

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My son is 16 months old and has had 7 ear infections! I don't want him to suffer any more but I am REALLY scared about getting tubes put in! Any suggestions?

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Tracy - posted on 12/10/2008

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PLEASE READ!!! 75% of ear infections are cause by dairy produces. Take your child off of milk products for a month and see if it clears up. My son was going to have tubes put in his ears until I found out the root cause. I would rather give him a dose of liquid calcium in the morning than put tubes in his ears. I came off of milk and haven't been sick in over two years. Most humans have intolerances to cow milk products. I was tests and sure enough I have an intolernace. I do not mean gas, but mucus build up.

Sue - posted on 12/10/2008

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Chiropractor! Find a peds chiropractor and see what they say. My chiro had all kinds of infections when she was little, ear infections, tubes, allergies, a bunch of stuff and chiropractic care cured her of everything

Jill - posted on 12/10/2008

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We did have to go every couple of weeks at first because he didn't want to do something to hurt them while adjusting them. Also going to a Chiropractor is kind of like keeping up with your car if you don't change the oil or fluids every so often but only when they are in terrible shape your car does not run properly and worse things happen that make other things go wrong. Same thing with the Chiropractor when you are sick or hurting it helps but it you go on a more regular basis and stay adjusted your body works the way it should and helps fight infection. I am all for Drs and meds we have done our share and still do matter a fact my 7 year old is going to the ENT for his tonsils this week because he has had strep too many times. But I hate him being on meds all the time that is not good for him either and you have to with strep it won't go away any other way and can cause major health issues. I am just saying if I had to do it over again that I would try other options before rushing in to get tubes done. It is not cheap either and yes Chiropractors can be expensive but all that I have been too take insurance and now a days most insurances cover at least part of it. I just know for us tubes were not the answer, we still dealt with the ear infections, were still on medicines the only difference was her ears would drain so it wasn't as painful, but having to get them out was and paying 3 times to get them and 3 times to have to get them out was way more money than the Chiropractor. You will know what you need to do for your family.

Brenda - posted on 12/09/2008

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My son is 17 months and has had more than 7 ear infections (I've actually lost count). I'm taking him for a follow up tomorrow for the ear infection he has now. I'm going to talk to his dr. about going to an ENT to talk about tubes. I'm hesitant, because (so far) he only gets ear infections when he is teething. There was even a 2 month period where he was on antibiotics that whole time because the infection wouldn't go away. I don't want him to suffer, and I don't want him to be on antibiotics all the time. So, tubes are seem to be a good choice. I'll find out more tomorrow after I talk to his pedi.

Jill - posted on 12/09/2008

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I have 4 kids and my daughter who is now 10 had to have 3 sets of tubes. Since she was my first I went with the Dr advice. My second a son who just turned 7 had 1 ear infection but it just would not go away after 6 rounds of medicines we did tubes, they fell out in two weeks time (before we got the bill) the Dr told us that sometime the ear will reject them like a foreign object. All he needed was to get rid of the fluid in there. He has only had one more ear infection my daughter however had them over and over even with the tubes until she was about 7 1/2! We had her tested for allergies and she now gets shots for them and that has finally made the difference. Our third son has had a few here and there but I refused to do tubes again. We started seeing a Chiropractor who did adjustments on him and worked on his ears and it would drain the fluid in them. They would go away without medicine. Our last daughter is 10 months and she has had two but I am hoping that we will not have issues with her with this. I am looking for a Chiropractor here that does what our one in AR did. It made such a difference and that son is now 5 and never had tubes. I wouldn't say I wouldn't do them again but I would rather not and it is surgery no matter how fast or easy they still get put to sleep and there is still danger in it. My daughter's also never fell out on her own so they had to go in and take hers out, hence another surgery and she has a scar on one ear drum because of that. I think you will know what you need to do, but I would do my research very well for other options first. Just my opinion from being there so many times.

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My son had tubes put in at the age of 9 months after many ear infections and it was the best thing we could have done for him. They suffer so with those infections one after another and it is also not good to have them on antibiotics for such a long period of time with so many infections . . . it can lead to the bodies resistance to the antibiotics and also has left permanent staining on my sons teeth. The procedure is so quick and the recovery was nothing for my son. He was up and running around the next day and probably would have the same night if I would have let him. The tubes usually stay in for 6 months to a year or something like that and my sons actually stayed in for like 2 1/2 years. It was great! No more ear infections! I would have had them replaced in a heartbeat after they came out if I needed to, but we haven't had to so far. He is 5 now and I think he has had only one ear infection since the tubes have come out and came through it just fine. I think it is us as parents that take it so much worse then the kids. The kids do great! They are sure troopers! I guess another question for you, and maybe it would help to make up your mind, have they done that pressure test on his ears in the ENT department? It doesn't hurt them at all. You just go in and they set a little instrument that looks like a digital thermometer in his ear and it blows air in there I think and the machine prints out how much fluid is built up behind the ear drum? I do not know what it was called, but when my son had it done, he had basically no movement of his ear drum because there was so much fluid build-up behind it. This is where you can run into hearing issues and even speech issues because of the fact that they cannot hear properly and hear as if listening through water. Just something to check into if they haven't checked it already. Good luck to you!

Nichole - posted on 12/09/2008

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I have been in to an ENT and had a consultation. He pretty much said it's up to us weither or not we want to do it, that was 2 months ago. My husband and I thought we would wait and see if he got any more ear infections. And of course he had double ear infections a week ago. I have scheduled the appointment for the end of the month but I'm really debating weither to do it or not. Thanks for your input so far.

Lindsey - posted on 12/09/2008

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We had to put tubes in both of my kids ears. Those ear infections REALLY hurt!!! And seriously, my kids were in and out of the OR in under 30 minutes!!! best thing ever! Also, as long as your son has ear infections its like hes hearing under water. I can almost guarantee he will have a lot of speech delays because of it. Again, been there done that with my son ( now 7 yrs old). I know the surgery is no fun but its not as bad as you think!!! And the ear infections are bothering him A LOT more than the minor day surgery will! One more thing... my son NEVER complained when he had ear infections ( not even when his ears were under water) so half of the time I had no clue he had a double ear infection. Where Im going with this is, he would talk SO LOUD as he would be standing 3 ft away from me. It was VERY VERY annoying and I think people just thought he was obnoxious. ahahahah :) It really is better for him for SEVERAL reasons to go ahead and put tubes in. What if his ear drum bursts and its severe??? What if he does have to have speech therapy every week? How is the communication going to be between you and him or between him and a care giver?? Trust me, its extremely frustrating!!!! Good luck!!!! Whatever you decide, only you know whats best!

Rebecca - posted on 12/09/2008

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My Daughter who is now 14 had them put in at 8 months. She did not have a clear ear until after the procedure. I was TERRIFIED to let her go into such a procedure. It lasted 15 minutes total. I was told that I could not see her for 2 hours. The pediatric nurse ended up coming to get me at 18 minutes because she could not get her to stop crying.. (because she did not know the lady and could not find me.... had not been with out me...) She felt SO much better after that. She could finally hear again! If the ear infections go on too long it can lead to hearing problems which ends up leading to speech delays. The other lady who suggesting seeing an ENT specialist is correct. That is the only way to go. I have only positive things to say... And my daughter now is a sassy 14 year old who has no hearing problems what so ever.
Good Luck!!!

User - posted on 12/09/2008

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Two of my boys have had tubes put in and it has been wonderful! The procedure itself was very simple although they were a bit disoriented when they woke up. It has completely eliminated the ear infection problem. As soon as we got it done are weekly trips to the doctor stopped! I have a wonderful ENT named Dr. Karin Hotchkiss if you want to talk to her. Hope this helps!

Vicki - posted on 12/09/2008

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i know i had tubes put in my ears at a very young age and i havent had a ear infection since

Geneva - posted on 12/09/2008

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First you really don't have anything to be scared of. It is a quick procedure that has come a long way over the years! My 9 month old son had 5 ear infections in 2 months, but we haven't had one since & our ENT specialist says we can hold off for now. But if you ask any mom who has had a child who got them, they will tell you it's a life saver! The risks, should you need to have it done are minimal. To put your mind at ease, try & find a pediatric ENT who you are comfortable with.

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