Should I let my 1 year old get tubes?

Angel Hillary Marie - posted on 12/29/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 1. She has had 4 ear infections since she was 4 months old. We took her to the pediatrician after being on her antibiotic for a week she still had her infection so they refered her to a Ent he took one look and said there is fluid behind both ears she needs tubes I dont think she does because they scheduled her surgery a month after her appointment so its almost time but she hasnt been messing with her ears at all. Before she would all the time.

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Nicole - posted on 12/30/2014

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Hi Angel,
Both my son and daughter had tubes in their ears. My son also had his adenoids removed. I do believe it is a BIG decision because of the risk of anesthesia complications. But the actually surgery, in my opinion, is no big deal.
Here is my story:
My son started experiencing ear infections from the time he was an infant. He was a very happy and compliant boy but when he was on antibiotics he was irritable and miserable. We dutifully gave him the antibiotics regardless. The antibiotics always cleared up his infections but they would return within a week or so of stopping them. Since the antibiotics cleared up the infections his pediatrician was against tubes. The rule of thumb was to continue with antibiotics as treatment unless they didn't clear up the infections. So... for four years he was on the antibiotics. At age four the infections got so bad that his hearing was severely affected. At this point his pediatrician sent him to an ENT who ended up being shocked when he heard our story. I now wonder how all those antibiotics affected him. My son got tubes in both ears and his adenoids removed. The hardest part of the whole thing was the effect of the anesthesia right after the surgery. He cried a lot and was confused. I was not prepared for that and I wish I had been more so prepared but it only lasted about an hour. He had no pain whatsoever. On the ride home he had a hard time getting used to how loud everything was - lol! He did get one ear infection after that but has never had one since. He is now twenty. Last year he was diagnosed with sever asthma... we had no clue and he was even an athlete his entire childhood. It wasn't until the rigors of collage sports did he get tested when he was having difficulty keeping up with his teammates. I am sure that was a huge factor in his plight as a child.
My daughter was very different and sounds very much like what you are going through. as a newborn she started out the same as my son. She started getting ear infections but unlike my son, hers did not clear up with the use of antibiotics even when administered via injection. I have to say that I was very relieved that was the case. She got tubes at a very young age. It was a simple and non complicated surgery for her and she did not experience the turmoil her brother did all those years with his ear infections and antibiotic treatments. I do not for one minute regret either surgery and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Any preventative treatment administered to you child runs the risk of complications. Even vaccines and other mainstream care. We as parents have to make the difficult choices to do what we feel is best for them. It is not easy and it is not to be taken lightly. A friend of mine chose to have her 11 year old daughters tonsils removed. I would have done the same. Her daughter died on the operating table due to complications from the anesthesia. It is VERY rare but it DOES happen. You are smart to put much consideration into it.
I wish you the very best! Do know that whatever you choose to do it is the right decision for you. Only you know.
Sincerely,
Nicole

Emily - posted on 12/30/2014

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We did this with our now3 year old. She was getting a lot of ear infections and doc said you can try and power through and ride the storm until she is older and her ear canals get bigger (she was 1 then) or do the surgery. We tried powering through but she was clearly in pain so we did the surgery in NY ear infirmary. The surgery was sad and scary but she had no pain afterwords and has not had a single infection since thank god.

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