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Tubes in Ears?

Lisa - posted on 12/13/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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So my lo has had the worse ear infections. She has had way more than I can count in her short 13 months with us. None were too serious, but a few times she has had to have multiple antibiotic treatments to heal. Then she is okay for a couple weeks, then gets another. We have been referred to an ENT doctor and I was wondering if anyone had knowledge of a good ENT doctor at MUSC? Also anyone had to go with tubes? IF so what age and did it help? Lastly, are they hard to take care of (water in ears with tubes etc.)? Thanks for any info you an give!

Lisa

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Kim - posted on 12/13/2009

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Lisa,



When I was a young child I suffered from chronic ear infections also. I had tubes placed twice, the first ones fell out too soon. I guess they did help because I don't remember ever getting an ear infection after. I was about 6 or 7 when I got them. I did have to have to get custom ear plugs, not a very pleasent experience, but they worked and I am not traumatized by them or anything. If the ENT doc decides that it would be a good idea, I would do it. Get it done with so you don't have to keep giving your daughter so much medicine and she can live her life pain free!

Stefanie - posted on 12/13/2009

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my son had them put in around 18 months, he is 5 now and hasnt had an ear infection since! Its a very quick procedure, and as they grow they just fall out. His speach was also improved and was ahead of any one his age with words. You can shower and bathe as normal you just can go under water or swim without earplugs.

Leah - posted on 12/13/2009

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Hi Lisa. My daughter had 7 ear infections in 3 months so they put tubes in her ears @ 5 months. It was a HUGE help. She still got infections for awhile, but her ears would just drain out so it didn't really cause her much pain. She was more upset about teh drops we would have to put in than the infection! It was easy as a baby to keep her ear plugs in, but as she got older she would eaither fight us or pull them out. My dr said that it was okay in the bathtub and in pools as they are considered sanitary, Lakes are a different story. She is 2 now and still has one tube left. She has only had one or two infections this year. We will see how the winter goes and then decided if she needs tubes again. If she starts getting them again then they will have to be replaced. Hope this helps! Leah

Felicia - posted on 12/13/2009

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My son had tubes put in 7 months ago. He has had no more problems! Thank God! They were very bad one right after another for several months. Taking care of them after is easy. They just can't swim without earplugs. No big deal. Hope all is well for your baby!

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Tiffanie - posted on 12/13/2009

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Hi Lisa,

My son is 16 months old and had his tubes put in one month ago today. He has done just fine since they were put in. In fact we went to the doctor for his follow up a couple of days ago and his ENT said they were doing exactly what they were suppose to be doing. Just like your little my son had 3 consecutive double ear infections and his pedi told us we could wait and go with another round of antibiotics or opt for the tubes. Thus far, me and his dad are very please. Unfortunately, I can't recommend our ENT because we live in Texas. Good luck!

Karen - posted on 12/13/2009

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I have just been taking my 10 month old boy to the chiropractor to help stimulate his ear drainage after he had trouble with ear infections and the dr said if they didnt clear he might need tubes. I didnt like the sound of that so im trying alternate methods first. I do believe the tubes are very effective though. The chiro has adjusted his neck and back the area in which he was out can cause ear problems and is apparently quite common following birth. We have had three visits so far and i feel it has made a difference as he's not grabbing and poking at his ears crying all the time now. Time will tell i guess. Good luck with it. Chiropractic may be an avenue worth looking into if you are feeling reluctant about having the tubes put in.

Sharla - posted on 12/13/2009

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My youngest child had a very simular thing happen with him. He had ear infections evey month and once had back to back ones. We descovered he wasn't hearing right out of one of his ears and was delayed in his speech. ENT said he need tubes. My son was 18 months and it helped so much not only did he stop having ear infections but his speech improved as well. there are ear plugs out there. We get these orange wax ones that you roll into a ball then press into the ears they are made for kids. Walmart carries them look by the eye and ear drops.

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my son had tubes put into his ears at 16 months. once they were put in he didn't have a single ear infection after that. it was easy to care for...i just put ear plugs in his ears when he swam and bathed....cleaning his ears was a cinch too...it sux knowing what your baby has to go through but honestly it is a great thing in the long run...

Liz - posted on 12/13/2009

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My oldest had to have tubes in his ears at 13 months. It definitely helped (no infections until they fell out, and then they were much less severe). The doctor told us to cover his ears with wax ear plugs when taking a bath, but also said that it would take a long time (more like an hour of swimming) to get enough water in the ears to affect the tubes. Silly putty is actually much easier to use than the ear plugs (it sticks better) but just make sure you don't stick it in the ear, just cover the hole. (This seems like common sense to me, but I know someone who did that and had to take her daughter to the ER to get it taken out.) Also, the surgery literally lasts about 10 minutes, and other than being cranky when coming out of the anesthesia, you wouldn't even know they had surgery. Hope everything turns out ok!

Lindsy - posted on 12/13/2009

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My daughter got her tubes when she was 2 1/2. It's a short outpatient procedure that took about 20 minutes total. They don't have any sensitivity to water and fell out on their about a year later. Although the tubes have cut down on her ear infections significantly, they didnt totally cure them. I would say it was worth it. Having 3 infections compared to a total of 16 ear infections in a short 2 1/2 years is definate improvement.

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