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Is there any pros or cons that people can tell me. Im kinda nervous...
My daughter had tubes in her ears many years ago because she was always getting ear infections. It helped her a lot and the procedure is really nothing. The doctor we had was really good - he gave her a piggy back ride to the room and had a grand ol time before they put her to sleep. She didn't remember anything. It was a relief of the infections and all that. The only thing I found irritable was she liked to be in the pool, so she had to have ear plugs, which they give you, but her ears were so tiny that they didn't fit, so we had to use the pool wax for ears - and she hated it. But that was the only down side to them.
My daughter had tubes in her ears and adenoids taken out at the same time. Best thing i've ever done for her. She never had an ear infection again. Like Melissa says only downside is having to always plug their ears when going in a pool and no submerging in tubs, but we had the special ear wax plugs made at the hospital. We went from monthly ear infections to never getting one again.
My daughter had ear infections so many times when she was little. (She is 35 now). We would be at the Dr's office every other week it seemed like. Finally her pediatrician said he would put tubes in her ears. Once the tubes were in , we didn't have to go back to the office for ear infections for over a year. Eventually the tubes worked them selves loose and came out on their own a few years later. By then she knew not to lay down in the tub and get water in her ears.
My son had 2 sets put in when he was younger. He was a preemie and his ear canals were at an angle. He had A LOT of ear infections and it was NOT fun. The second set was put in when he was 4 yrs old. After a couple months he did get one massive ear infection and that was the last of it. Tubes came out too. Never had an ear infection after that.
Tubes are way different from when I was little and seen my friends with them. They literally had tubes out their ears and the drainage was gross. Now they put in these little beads that they call tubes. I was scared at first because no matter what any surgery is risky. When the second set was in they removed his adnoids as well. Tonsils are still intact.
The best decision I made! Don't be nervous. I heard a TON of horror stories about it before my daughter got hers when she was four months old. Don't be nervous about getting water in her ears, etc... just don't let your child in "dirty" water where his ears will be submerdged. When we went to the beach, I just put ear plugs in her ears if she ever got in the ocean. I never had any issue with them at ALL and her ear infections went away after having it done. The whole process took less than five minutes to do, and she was very upset afterwards, but after about an hour she was fine. The tubes fell out on their own when she was about 12 months old, and she went for a check up about every four months.
When she was two, we had to have the tubes put BACK into her ears because she began getting ear infections again. This time when the doctor did the procedure, she had her adenoids taken out at the same time. This time was a little worse than the first because she was much more upset afterward and her nose was bleeding from the adenoids being scraped, but after a few hours she was fine and slept most of the day. She is four now, and the last set of tubes she had in fell out on their own again after about a year. She hasn't had to have them put back in since (crosses fingers) but even if she did, I wouldn't worry because it really isn't a big deal.
Good luck and don't worry momma!
I just read the other responses and let me just say--- I specifically asked the doc about her ears being submerged in water with the tubes in... and the response was as long as the water is not DIRTY water (lake, ocean, muddy, etc) then it is OK. We have a pool and my daughter has had tubes twice in her life (she's four now) and I never once put plugs in her ears when she took a bath OR got in the pool and I never had an issue... ever. I was always cautious at the beach, though. That's it.
My son has had 2 sets put in and he no longer has any ear infections. They generally come out on their own when it is time. Surgery is minor and recovery is a breeze. If children have many infections, it can cause hearing issues.
Marie - good luck & try not to worry too much. I have not experienced this issue myself with my girls (although they are vaccinated, they do not get repeated ear infections) however, a couple of friends of mine have had to have tubes put in their children's ears - both of them have been infection free since they had the tubes put in & they did not have any problems or anything with them. I hope the tubes do the same for your son & he doesn't get them anymore!
There's great encouragement, feedback, and experience posted here, glad to see these posts. Thank you, and keep them coming.
I did remove some posts from this topic at my discretion as moderator. Thank you for your understanding and good luck Marie with your son! :)
The best decision I ever made, my son had tubes put in at 2 years old. After being at the ER and doctor every other week for ear infections, he is now 8 years old and has had 1 infection in 6 years. I would definately do it again if I had other children.