The Circle of Moms site will be discontinued on March 1st, 2020. Head to POPSUGAR Family's Facebook page for more community discussions.

Let's Go >>

Ear Tubes

Jennifer - posted on 07/20/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

3

30

0

My baby is getting them next week .. We need info.

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Molly - posted on 07/23/2009

2

1

0

Find a good pediatric chiropractor. I think surgery can be a rash decision. My oldest son suffered from chronic ear infections as do most babys. They do not have sinuses developed. I didnt really want to have my child under the knife at such an early age. I researched and decided to take a less invasive approach. I had nothing to lose and if it worked great no surgery. It worked. I have never had another ear infection and my son has been going to a licensed pediatric chiropractor. My youngest started having ear infections so I took him there as well. no ear infections. My boys are 8 and 11 and take monthly visits to the chiro now for plain old spinal health. This may not work for everyone but I felt I would like to try other options before going under the knife. Here are a couple links to check out
http://www.hpakids.org/holistic-health/a...



http://www.chiroweb.com/mpacms/dc/articl...

http://www.icpa4kids.org/research/chirop...

http://www.safbaby.com/an-alternative-to...

Debbie - posted on 07/23/2009

11

6

0

My 5 year old son got grommits put in his ears because he suffered from really bad ear infections all the time for about 3 years it was terrible tried everything then they finally put the grommits in and he hasn't had an ear infection since. He missed so much nursery because of them but now he is starting school, I think that is why they finally done the opperation so he wouldn't miss so much school. He was fine after the operation a wee bit upset but he came round quite quick and was let out a few hours after it.

Pippa - posted on 07/23/2009

1

12

0

My son had them when he was 11 month old as he had severe glue ear, numerous perforated ear drums and wasnt babbling or mimicking sounds as he should. Within 2 hours of coming out of recovery he was dismantling the ward and within 2 weeks was chatting away....havent shut him up since. Hardest thing in the world to see your child go under anaesthetic but well worth it. Took 3 years for the last one to come out and havent looked back since. Good luck with your little one x

Roxanne - posted on 07/23/2009

2

14

0

I will be honest with you, it is very sad at first. My daughter had tubes placed in her ears and her adenoids removed when she was 10 months old. It was an outpatient procedure. We went in to the ENT and he gave her a codeine medication. She started to feel drowsy and almost looked intoxicated. When she fell asleep they took her back to do the procedure. She came out about 30 minutes later very very groggy and grumpy. She had a sore throat for a few days from the adenoid removal and very very bad breath for a few weeks as they healed. I'm not sure if your child will be having the adenoids removed also. It is recommended to prevent further infections.

Even though it was a tough situation for me as a mother to watch, I am very glad we proceeded with the procedure. Her tubes fell out on their own 8 months later and to this day, she is now 10 years old, she has had 1 or 2 ear infections. That's it! I highly recommend this procedure. Good luck!

Jacqueline - posted on 07/23/2009

2

5

0

My son had to get bilateral ear tubes at age 2. He had so many recurrent ear infections, maybe one a month. I would feel miserable to see him go through the pain, fevers, etc. I made the decision to get the tubes placed. One reason was so that he could have a normal life without pain and the other was so that he wouldn't have damage to his hearing. IT WAS THE BEST THING THAT I COULD HAVE EVER DONE FOR MY SON...after the tubes were placed he didn't have not one more ear infection. Thank God for innovative techniques....

22 Comments

View replies by

Melissa - posted on 08/06/2009

2

20

0

My son at 3 had ear tubes in both ears because of some many ear infections. And his ear were fine after that. Now he is almost 13 and is still good without ear infections. I hope everything goes well for you.

Jennifer - posted on 07/28/2009

3

30

0

THANKS 2 ALL !!!!! My daughter had her tubes put in today!!!! She doing GREAT!!!!!!

Tamara - posted on 07/23/2009

11

29

0

My oldest daughter had her tubs put in 2 years ago! she was10 then! they just fell out a few months ago! You have to keep them super dry! She had wax to put in her ears! Now they have specially made plugs that are molded right to fit in your ear! Their a little pricey but wirth it! The kids also like them because they can pick their own colors! Good luck hope everything gose well!

Kathryn - posted on 07/23/2009

1

6

0

My youngest couldn't hear a thing. She produced ear wax in massive volumes. Had her tested, they recommended a great ear, nose & throat doctor in Pittsburg, KS. Morning of Surgery, we were both scared, they let her keep her stuffed animal, I stayed w/her til she went to sleep (3 seconds), before I could get to the waiting room, they were calling me back to recovery and she was sitting up sipping on juice. Now, she hears way more than she should. Took one tube almost two years to fall out, first one they found just laying in her ear at a check-up. Loud noises do bother her now that her hearing is so much better. Just the one set and she's fine.

Krista - posted on 07/23/2009

4,111

52

265

Just a little story to show you just how WELL tubes work. As I said earlier, I had MANY operations (being that I was one in I don't know how many that needed multiple surgeries) and once, when I was 5, I had to have them put back in again. I remember going to the bathroom and flushing the toilet and exclaiming to my mom, "MOMMY! The toilet is so LOUD!"

Sherri - posted on 07/22/2009

9

5

1

It was so easy and fast when my little girl had them put it. I wish they would have done the much much earlier because she suffered with ear infections so bad. She still had one since but it was faster for her to get over it. they are the best thing since sliced bread:)

Laurie - posted on 07/22/2009

13

23

0

they were amazing!! my son had chronic ear infections from the time he was six months old until he was a year when he got his tubes. the day of the surgery will be uncomfortable when your baby comes out but he or she will be fine afterwards. they are a life saver! Good Luck.

Stacey - posted on 07/20/2009

7

5

2

My daughter has had 2 sets too. The first set lasted 6 months.. So did the second.. No infections since they have fallen out so far! They work great! Would recommend them to anyone! The worst part for us was when she woke up from being put to sleep. Its just really scary for them when they wake up. Take a cup of juice, favorite blanket or toy and pacifier if they use one just to help comfort from the shock of waking up... Good luck!

Kathy - posted on 07/20/2009

16

37

0

My daughter has had two set put in, they have worked great for her hearing and for her ear infections. My doctor always said make sure you use ear plugs when they get thier ears wet. I actually had to get special ones because she hated the ones that we bought from the store.

Allyson - posted on 07/20/2009

1

35

0

My son has had two sets of tubes and they worked miracles!!! He was very fussy few hours after the surgery after a nice nap was his happy and very playful ear infection free self!

Krista - posted on 07/20/2009

4,111

52

265

I am the poster child for tubes. I had about 12 operations from the time I was 2 until the time I was about 12. They drain fluid build up in the inner ear which causes hearing loss in young children. You do have to keep them very dry and you can do this a number of ways. When I was really young, my mother used cotton balls with vaseline on the insides and stuck them in my ears as this was a gentler method. A useful tool to use for bathtime is a special jug (you can buy it from Toys R Us) with a flexible rubber peace that forms to the child's forehead. Less water will leak down around your child's face and ears. The good thing is that tubes are usually temporary and mine was a rather extreme case. Most kids outgrow this a lot sooner than I did. I wouldn't worry too much about it. Although, keep in mind that when they're younger, the tubes do tend to fall out faster because of the age. Older kids are more aware and take steps to keep water out of their ears.

Laura - posted on 07/20/2009

21

19

7

Just make sure to keep their ears super dry. our doctor told us it's not so much the water that is bad for the tubes, but the soap. the way he put it, it would be worse to let your child take a bath without plugs than to let them go swimming in a pool. Our son was fussy the day of his surgery but was fine the next day and hasn't had an ear infection since, thank God.

Tina - posted on 07/20/2009

4

2

0

we are getting them thursday....is there anything special we need to do afterwards?

Stephanie - posted on 07/20/2009

1

5

0

the wax they tell you to used didn't work so good for us. We used the orginial silly putty...it was perfect....shaped easily and stayed in the ear very nicely for baths and swimming!!

Kelsy - posted on 07/20/2009

1

81

1

They were a lifesaver for us. My daughter fought ear infections for 8 weeks, rocephin shots. The day we got the tubes placed she was a brand new child. She played and acted like nothing ws ever wrong. I hope they go well for you!

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms