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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Carla - posted on 12/30/2008

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Nichole, I have had two of my 3 boys that had to have tubes put in their ears. It helps them a lot and it is a real easy procedure now. My youngest son had an ear infection for 3 months straight before I could get someone to put the tubes in. The hardest part with tubes is the ear plugs they have to use when taking a bath or go swimming and them getting used to being able to hear. Also, if he has had that many infections and his hearing can delay his speech. It did my son until he got his tubes and is now on track with his speech.

Sandy - posted on 12/10/2008

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A friend of mine assures me that it's all in the milk that you give your child. She says to use organic milk only. I know several people who have tried making the switch and the ear infections disappeared, so I guess there is some truth to it. Did he start getting the ear infections after he went to regular milk? If so, I think it would be worth a try to get the organic milk and see.

Sarah - posted on 12/10/2008

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Also I have to tell you that it really delayed my daughters speech. I am not sure how your son is talking. But after the procedure I realized she never heard a plane. Cause when we got out of the hospital one flew over and she pointed and said whats that? She never had asked about that before, and then when we got in the car she was pointing to the speaking on the top pf the car that had music coming out of it and she said the same thing. Then I realized I couldnt do what I wanted when she was napping either. She woke up to everything. But I was glad she could hear. And honestly the surgery was 15 minutes and I got her right away. I must say tho that if you do decide prepare yourself to have to let him go at the surgery door into someones arms that he doesnt know... But know that you are doing what is VERY best for him if he absultly has to... That killed me. But I knew I needed to let her go and she was going to be ok... So good luck

Sarah - posted on 12/10/2008

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Hi, I have to tell you that I feel for you. My daughter is now 7 but she has ear infections from birth till she was 2. If I would of known then what I know now she wouldnt of suffered that long. And yes they did the surgery and it was great. Hers actually stayed in for 3 years. I was so worried cause they told me that they could fall out any where from 3 months to a year. That was scary. I couldnt handle more then one surgery. But I now work at a Chiropractors office that is a Wellness Center. Its not just adjustments. Its really getting into the body and seeing what is causing it and treating it more natural. Cause towards the end my daughter had an ear infection every week. No meds could help her anymore. So she had to have surgery. But if I would of known sooner I would of tried the natural route. Even tho thats not guaranteed that that will work. But its alot easier on their body then having antibiotics all the time. My daughter had constant diarrhea also and still does from 2 years of meds. So if he is on some meds try and ask your dr. if there is a probiotic that he can have at his age. My daughter is on them. There are alot of kid chewables, but I am not sure how old they have to be. But he needs that coating in his intestines. Cause antibiotics rips your intestines up. And he is so little.. Girl I hear you. And if you need any advice I am more then happy to give what I can.

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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User - posted on 12/30/2008

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My daughter had constant ear infections...the tubes really helped her so much! The procedure is very minor...lots of popcicles and stickers :) I think she has had 1 infection since the tubes - and it's been about 4 years!

User - posted on 12/30/2008

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I know it is scary letting your kids undergo any procedure, but the tubes are a lifesaver! Both my girls had them put in. One at 13 months and one at 12 months. Both slept much better once the tubes were put in. It's a quick surgery. I was holding both my girls in under 45 minutes. Don't be alarmed...they do wake up a little cranky, but settle down within an hour. They may be a little sleepy the rest of the day. They will sleep so much better at night once they have tubes put in. Good luck!!

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Well Nichole, hope your son still was happy throughout the day after getting the tubes in. They usually do pretty good with the surgery and bounce back pretty quickly. As people have mentioned, they can come out as early as like 3-6 months to 1 year, but also like a lot have mentioned, they have stayed in up to three years. It just depends when the body wants to spit them out. My sons stayed in for around 3 years and we were so glad they did, but would have replaced them in a heartbeat if they would have fallen out in between time and started up with infections again. He is 5 now and they fell out a couple years ago and we have never had to replace the first set that were placed at 9 months old. While the tubes were in I was always very careful to not submerge his head in the bath tub and when in the pool and when he got a little older I had him wear ear plugs in the pool when swimming and I really feel that helped them to stay in as long as they did. I didn't want to be the one to help them out of his ears sooner. Good luck to you and your son. I wish you a Happy, Healthy New Year!!!

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nothing to be scared about my son had tubes years ago, the surgery itself took 7 minutes as an out patient. they are so tiny they fell out and we never saw them. my son had 9 ear infections before they decided to do them.best find a pediatric ENT. good luck

Susan - posted on 12/30/2008

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Hello :) My son Jimmy is 13 months old and he will be getting tubes put in about the end of next month. It's really not anything to be scared of. I know here they use the laughing gas to relax them and the procedure takes like 10-15 minutes. It's always scary to imagine a child having to go through anything surgery wise but I hope you decide to do it.

Kellie - posted on 12/30/2008

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Hello my son Bryson is 4 now but he had tubes put in when he was 2 and he has not had a ear infection yet he is very shy and I was really worried about him going to the OR with out me but he only cried for a little bit right after.Good luck

Natalie - posted on 12/30/2008

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Don't be scared! Bella was 3 and started to get fluid "not infections" in her ears. This lasted almost a year, then the big thing happened, she started loosing her hearing, yeah I know "scary" it was so bad that if I covered my mouth so she couldn't see my mouth, she couldn't hear me. (And you can ask any of my friend - I'm a VERY loud person) We went to a ENT specialist that my Dr. sent us to and gave her some meds. a nose spray to be exact. Being that she was 3 she wouldn't do the nose spray (heck I was 28 and I wouldn't do the nose spray) I called him the very next day and told him to schedule the surgery. EASY, she had it early in the morning and by the afternoon, she was home, totaly fine, and could hear me from the other room. The best thing I've ever done.

Just make sure someone goes with you to the hospital (my husband HAD to work) cuz it is hard for you to see your "baby" wheeled off.

Hope this helps, and if you have any other questions please let me know.

Rebecca - posted on 12/30/2008

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Both of my children have had tubes and they are really no big deal. It was a quick procedure and they don't remember a thing. It helped end the constant ear infections and colds. My step son didn't have tubes and he ended up having hearing difficulties and had to have surgery later to correct it. He is 12 now and still has a few speech problems do to it.

Carrie - posted on 12/30/2008

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Hi, my son had tubes put in on the 12th. The surgery was at 7:00am and we left the surgery center at 7:40am. It was a very quick procedure, and so far so good!

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My daughter (now 15) had tubes put in her ears at the age of 2. The procedure was harder for me than her. (Knock on wood) She does not suffer from ANY ear infections. Also, having chronic ear infections so young delayed her speech. Once she had the surgery, within weeks she started talking up a storm!

Lynn - posted on 12/30/2008

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I am a mother of twin girls. My girls since birth had terrible ear infections. At the age of 2 i decided to put them and myself out of misery. It was the best decision I made. Since then they have had only a hand full of infections which in compared what they had been through i can deal with. It is nothing to worry about but I know it's easier said than done.

Julie - posted on 12/30/2008

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It is true that you need to cover their ears if swimming or use good ear plugs if bathing/showering otherwise they can come out. Definitley do NOT use oil in the ears.. I did so without thinking and the tube came out... Another good thing to try if you don't want tubes right away is to bake an onion, in its skin, until soft then squeeze the juice out and as soon as it is warm and not hot place a few drops in each ear.. Onion has natural sulphur and is an excellent herbal remedy.

User - posted on 12/30/2008

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FYI...I would not put mineral oil in his ears, as suggested above, now that he has tubes, unless your ENT oks it. That was in a child who did not have tubes.

User - posted on 12/30/2008

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i am having the same concern. my son is 11 months old. my ex and i have shared custody and it seems like everytime our son is with him he gets sick. now he has to get tubes put in on the 8th of this month. somone told me to make sure to put the ear plug in everytime my son takes a bath or shower or else the tubes come out. is this true?

Carrie - posted on 12/30/2008

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Oh please please please don't be scared! Tubes were such a blessing for us! My son had an ear infection every month from age 3 months to 12 months (the time his tubes were put in). We have not had an ear infection since and he is almost 2 years old - that 1 entire year!! Find a great ENT who you trust! The process was so easy, but I did cry when we had to leave him in the operating room. He slept for a few hours after the procedure when we got home and woke up like nothing had happened! Also be aware that there is sometimes slight hearing loss caused by the tubes - which is relived when the tubes fall out. Good luck!

User - posted on 12/30/2008

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Start putting a couple of drops of mineral oil in his ears before bed. Do it for about a month, then do it for a week out of every month. Our doctor suggested this and we haven't had an infection this whole year! We avoided tubes all together. Also, if my daughter starts getting a cold, we put oil in her ears then as well. Try it! It works!

Mindi - posted on 12/30/2008

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tubes are great.. they changed my son's life. he still has ear problems but he will always have these problems because he didn't get the tubes in time he was a lot older the first time he got tubes. don't be afraid.

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So glad to hear that it went well, and that you chose to have the tubes. I went through all of the same things several years ago with my second son... and eventually realized that it was my own fears about the surgery that was standing in the way of doing it. He didn't know to be afraid, except when I acted nervous! It didn't hurt him to have it done, and he has been SO much healthier every since. You did the right thing, and for the right reasons!

User - posted on 12/30/2008

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I just saw this post and I'm so happy you went ahead with the surgery. As a speech-language pathologist, I see kids everyday with speech and language delays. About 90% or more report chronic ear infections in their case history (most of these children did not have tubes). Just be aware that one set of tubes may not do the trick. Due to the anatomy of a child's ear, it takes a while for the eustachian tube to grow to the correct angle in order to prevent fluid from entering the middle ear so easily. He will feel so much better with those clear ears and don't get discouraged if he needs them again. Good job, mom!

Nichole - posted on 12/30/2008

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Well the surgery went WELL! I'm so glad that it is done. Ashton did very well and recovery didn't take long. We were home in 2 hours and he is back to his busy self. He has been very happy since we got home and I only hope that continues with no more ear infections. Let's keep our fingers crossed. Thanks everyone for your help!

Cammie - posted on 12/29/2008

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My advice...don't wait to long, if that's what the doctors are suggesting. We waited to long with our oldest and her eardrum was damaged because of her multiple infections. Some kids are truly suseptible (sp?) to them no matter what you try.

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I think the only advice is for you to stay as calm as possible before the surgery and that will help to keep your son calm and be sure to bring his favorite blanket or stuffed animal for him to have after. I think we also brought a sippy cup and crackers or something to eat. Be sure to find out from the staff what their protocol is as far as taking him up to surgery and when he comes back and when you are allowed to be with him. All hospitals are different. The first surgery I had to hand my son, 9 months old, off to a nurse and they took him through the doors to a waiting elevator and it was pretty of hard for me. The next surgery at 2 years, I was able to go up to the surgery floor and wait in a room and they came and got him and just went through a door and he was in the surgical area and that was easier for me because I could see him go in. With the last surgery this past October, they put him in a bed and took him up, no kisses, nothing, because they didn't want a scene caused because he was 4, almost 5, so he kind of knew what was going on and that was really hard for me. All of the surgeries were at the same hospital, so it was just done differently each time. I don't really have a lot of advice when he comes back because my son had tubes plus adenoids out and sinus surgeries, so it was a little different, but just be ready for anything. All children respond to anesthesia differently. More than likely be ready for some crying. If anything, they get scared just being in a weird place with strangers and waking up without mom/dad. (They may let you be there when he wakes up if you ask, though our hospital frowned upon it being it was in a sterile area.) Good luck tomorrow!!

Jeanine - posted on 12/29/2008

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my son is 4 and on his third set without those tubes i dont know what i would have done. His 1st set was a nine months and a god scent, the third when he was two and this last set at 3 and a half and adnoidectomy. It has worked wonders. good luck

Paulette - posted on 12/29/2008

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Hi, My son who is now 15 years old had tubes put in his ears when he was just 11 months old and he has never had another ear infection since! That was 14 years ago and I am sure that technology has come a long way since then. Everything doesn't work for everybody so I say call the best ENT in your area (or if you have to travel it may be worth it) and get at least 2 or 3 opinions before deciding. Good luck!

User - posted on 12/29/2008

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Good luck tomorrow. My son just had his first set of 2 on Dec 16. Let me tell you it was a breeze. The hardest part was not letting him have any food when he was hungry. Tips. Take things for him to do in the bed while he is in recovery. Jack was done with surgery in 9 mintues (from the time I left his side asleep till they came and said Jacks mommy he is awake) and he ate a popicle and about 10 minutes later the head nurse told me I have to keep him in the bed and quiet. He was trying to get out and run around. We were suspose to stay in post op for 1 hour but they let us go in 20 minutes cause he was back to him self. When we got home he slept for about 3 hours got up and ate strawberrys, 2 pieces of pizza, and had a couple drinks and played like normal. We didn't even get 8 hours without him running around. Trust me it was a breeze. I was soooo nervous going in but it was a dream.

Hope this helps.

Jackie - posted on 12/29/2008

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Good Luck to you and your little one. Hope everything goes okay and keep posted on his recovery. He will be in and out in no time, my son just had his second set of tubes put in and also had to have his adnoids taken out this time but he was better in about 2-3 day's. He will be fine and they only thing I can tell you is to stay calm and when it's all over w/ you will be suprised at how much it really does help. I will be praying for you and your little boy. Oh yeah and make sure to take his special toy and blanket if he has one.

Lindsey - posted on 12/29/2008

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Good Luck!!!! I just KNOW you are going to be SO happy with the results! No advice here, you will be suprised on how fast your little one is in and out! Good Luck!!! Be sure and keep us posted!

Nichole - posted on 12/29/2008

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Just wanted to let all of you know that we are set for the tubes to go in tomorrow! I am super nervous but I know it is the best thing to do! Any advice for surgery day? Thanks :)

Amie - posted on 12/12/2008

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I haven't read all the replies, there are quite a few though and I'm sure there are people from both sides of the camp on it as well. However 2 of my kids have tubes, we waited until they were 3 and 4. We tried a few different things but it ended up not working for them. That being said, my experience with tubes is both bad and good.
My daughter saw a different ENT than my son, she is our oldest and was the first done when she was 3. The ENT that did hers was an idiot which we found out afterwards. He gave her an IV (which is not needed) and failed to check her over properly before hand with the anesthesiologist and nurses so she ended up throwing up while being under. It was quite the intense experience. When she woke up her instinct was to jump for me as her ears were sore and she ripped out her IV. After all that though she was fine and good to go.
My son had his done just last month, he's 4. I was expecting the worst again and ended up having the easiest experience ever. He went into the surgery, no problems, came out and looked around then asked for food and a drink. lol! He was more concerned about the little girl next to us who was having a hard time leaving her parents for her day surgery. He was also not put on an IV, they used a mask and nitrous to knock him out.
The entire procedure takes about 5 minutes then they were wheeled to recovery and once their the nurses come and get you. We were home within 3 hours as they keep them there for that long to make sure they have no adverse effects to the anesthetic. They need to be able to drink and eat some before they leave. That was the hardest part for my son was waiting, he wanted to go home, he felt fine. The same day, after having a nap as we had to be at the hospital by 6 a.m., he was running around like normal. My daughter it took her about a day because she was one of the few that reacted to the anesthetic. They are both hearing well now and have had no reaccurances of any kind. My daughter's speech improved rapidly as is my son's now.
It really is a personal choice though, each family is different. Being through it twice with two different outcomes I figured I'd post. =)

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Tubes were the best thing for my son. He is on his 2nd set now. It was like night and day, before and after the tubes he was a different boy. He could hear things that he never could before and his balance was greatly improved. Tubes are such a little process that I wouldn't be scared of them. Going without them could only be harming his hearing. Give it a try, you will be surprised!

User - posted on 12/12/2008

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I work as a pediatric audiologist and my 15 month old son got tubes last week. The procedure is very quick but, I agree, the anesthesia part causes anxiety. In my case, I just couldn't feel good about all of the antibiotics he was taking. There are very specific criteria put out by the AAP on when to refer to ENT for tubes and it sounds like your child has met the criteria. My best advice to you is to go to a pediatric hospital and see a pediatric ENT. It makes a big difference. Also, your child should certainly have a hearing test. If he has chronic fluid which is causing hearing loss, you need to do something or risk speech and language delay. What you really need is sound advice from specialists who know what they are doing.

User - posted on 12/12/2008

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I personally think that you should explore other methods than tubes. My son had 6 ear infections within the first year.The doctor told me that if he had one more infection we would have to put tubes in. I was talking to my chiropractor one day and telling him this, he asked if he could check him over so I agreed. He did some gentle manipulations on my son and we went back about 6 times within the next couple of months. My son is 12 and to this day has not had another ear infection. I have been told as well as reading, the birth process is the most traumatic thing that can happen in a child's life. From the way that they lay in the womb to being pushed, pulled or otherwise taken out of the womb is very bad for their spine. Why children get ear infections is because the eustacian tubes are blocked from the spine being out of alignment, therefore they can not drain. Once the spine has been re-aligned the tubes are able to drain properly and therefore no more infection.

Stacy - posted on 12/12/2008

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I have 4 kids, 2 needed to have tubes... and one of those needed them TWICE! As a mom and Speech therapist, it is sooo important for the little ones to have good hearing in order to learn language and hear proper articulation. Although it is scary to send you little one off to surgery, it really is a short procedure and you will se a tremendous difference in your child's speech acquisition. AND... ear infections hurt! Since my youngest son had tubes last February, he hasn't had 1 ear infection. We have only been to the Dr for well check ups! Your child has so much to gain if you do it!

Alana - posted on 12/12/2008

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i to have a child who suffered from reaccuring ear infections she is now 4 and had tubes put in her ears at the start of this yr it is so common. but since having them she has been lucky and has not had an ear infection since.. its not a nice thing to go through but it is really for the best, it is over and done with before you know it and it is a painless thing for them to go through.. i also had to have them three times as a small child.. best of luck

Kerry - posted on 12/11/2008

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my daughter started her 6 months with 8 straight ear infections when she turned a year. All the doctor's we saw kept telling me she's fine, don't even think about tubes. I finally took matters into my own hands though and scheduled an appointment with an ENT. And they told me she had moderate hearing loss in both ears and that tubes were the best way to correct that. I was nervous too, but it's been 7 months now, and we're already 3 months past the point of when she started having ear infections last year, and she hasn't had any yet! And her hearing is 100% cleared up. She is talking so much now, and is so much happier. And there really is no need to worry, it is the quickest procedure, and the only restriction immediately after surgery is not to submerge the child's head under water...but you wouldn't be doing that anyway, so I would contact an ent if I were you. You and your son will be so much better for it. Good Luck!!!

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My son gets ear infections monthly and we are booked for tubes this Tuesday. I'm a little nervous but I know it will be better in the long run. I know he will be fine and there is no cutting. When they do tubes in adults they do them awake and in a chair. The only reason they put kids out is so they don't move. Find a great ENT. We use Dr. Dianne Ried at McMaster Hospital in Hamilton Ontario Canada and she is great.

I highly recommend the tubes, I had 6 sets as a child. Also they are very small, the largest set I had fit on the smallest end of the toothpick.

Jade - posted on 12/11/2008

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My daughter had ear infection and ear infection. She was so unhappy and her hearing was being affected. We had tubes put in when she was 10 months old. The ONLY side effect was that regular noise startled her until she got used to actually hearing. She has never had another ear infection. It was the best decision for our daughter.

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oh I feel for you.. my little one had an ear infection every month (sometimes two a month) from about 4mo. till she was one.. both her ears were closed off (one was 100% closed & the other was 90%) & her speech was not as good as it should have been. we were scared to do the procedure, but it was so much better than I had let myself believe it was going to be- she never cried when they took her in & it was maybe 20 min. when they brought her back out to us. No anesthesia or blood work or anything! Now her hearing is perfect & her speech is great she talks clearly-non stop in fact. It got to the point of her being in too much pain, too often, plus when her ENT told us her results of her ears & informing us of the risks of permant hearing loss & speech delay... we knew it was the right choice for us & we have been so thankful ever since- she hasnt had an infection since it was done! my heart goes out to you & pray for the best for your family!

Erica - posted on 12/11/2008

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My daughter had ear infection after ear infection and was miserable because antibotics wouldn't help her and she was even hospitalized on iv antibotics. It is frustrating when they get the infections and it is very painful for them. My daughter was 12 mo old when we decided to to tubes and it was the best decision we made. I wish we would've done it sooner and she was immediately better after the procedure. I wouldn't even call it surgery as they don't even have to put them under general anestesia. We have had no problems since. I would definately have it done and put your little one out of misery.

Chantelle - posted on 12/11/2008

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My daughter is almost a year, 11 months esactly today. Last month she had tubes placed in her ears and it's been the best thing I think. She has not had one ear infeaction since *fingers crossed*. I was scared at first but it will get better, you'll feel better after you're done. It takes about 20mins. Good Luck!

Brenda - posted on 12/11/2008

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I just talked to my son's pedi yesterday about tubes. She recommended waiting because for most kids, when they turn 2 (or around then), the eustacian (sp?) tubes start straightening out and drain better, and the ear infections aren't as frequent. My son also gets his infections when he's teething, so theoretically, once he gets all his teeth, the infections should stop. I decided to wait for now on tubes, because I don't want to put him through the surgery if it's not necessary. The dr. said that if the antibiotics weren't working, or if both ears are consistantly infected, then there would be more concern. She said it's ultimately up the parents, though. So weigh in all the factors about his ear infections and then decide what's best for your son.

Tami - posted on 12/11/2008

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I had tubes in my ears when I was really young. I was told they fell out early. I was also told not to get water in my ears and if I do, to clean them out right away. Those days that I go swimming, it is hard and I always get ear infections like clock work after that. When you bath your son, try to avoid the water in the ears and clean them out really good after the bath to keep the moisture out. I swear it works. Good luck!

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Nicole, I know exactly what you mean about being scared about having tubes put in, but believe me there is nothing to be afraid of. I have three children and my two boy's have both had tubes put in their ears. My oldest had his done two day's after my little girl was born and I cried every minute of it, but whne it was all over with it was so worth it. My second son had his put in about six months ago and it was a piece of cake. I think that it is the best thing that they have every done for both my boy's. My oldest son's tubes have fallen out and has got two ear infections again, so his ENT said that he will have to have another set put back in and his adnoids taken out this time. I think that the best thing you will ever do for your 16 month old is get them in w/ a ENT and get tubes put in. Hope that everything works out for you and your child. Good luck and you are both in my prayers!!!

Nichole - posted on 12/10/2008

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I really appreciate all the help I have gotten! I have heard of the chiropractor as another means of help. Last year I told myself that is where I would take my son first before surgery, and I still have not done so. I will definately look into that more before I make a decision on weither or not to have the surgery done. I have never heard of the milk allergy as being a main culprit for ear infections. I am going to call my ENT and see what their opinion is on that issue. I might just have to get him tested for that and see if that might help. I also work for the school district and I'm going to talk to the Speech Pathologist and get her opinion. Thanks again for all your input. I will let you know what we decide to do!

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After several ear infections, we had our first consult with my toddler son's ENT, the first thing he asked was what temperature we keep our sleeping area at night. I replied, "About 68." He advised, "Turn it down to 62 and throw an extra blanket on." He was very close to having tubes put in. It is a bit chilly but turning the heat down at night coupled with a few trips to the chiropractor, he was golden. He never had another ear infection. I would also go with the suggestion regarding the dairy. My son, we come to find, had an intolerance to dairy products as well. He is 6 now.

Lisa - posted on 12/10/2008

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I have also heard a lot about Dairy casuing Ear Infections. Going off dairy is not as hard as you might think. There are lots of calcium suppliments for kids. Calcium is also found in many foods (spinach, broccoli, salmon, etc) Or Goat's milk is a great alternative -- much healthier than cows milk. Also, soy milk/yogurt is an option --assuming there isn't a soy allergy. Cows milk can also cause indigestion and diarrhea, eczema, and other skin problems. It may take a couple weeks to notice the difference, but worth it if it works! In the mean time, try garlic olive oil http://www.organicauthority.com/health/h...

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.

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