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Old 01-15-2007, 06:45 AM   #1
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Question Ear Tubes? 19 Month Old...

Hello!
My DD is almost 19 months old and the DR has recommended we see an ENT for her reoccuring ear infections. Has anyones son or daughter had them put in about the same age and if so - how did it go? Did they get an ear infection when they got a cold after that? How were they after the surgery? I am almost sure the ENT will recommend tubes and I am nervous it's going to hurt her and I hate to see her go through that, but most people I have talked to say it's a miracle afterwards. Your thoughts, comments and suggestions are needed/welcome.
Thank you and have a most wonderful day!

 
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Old 01-15-2007, 07:15 AM   #2
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Re: Ear Tubes? 19 Month Old...

My son had them put in when he was 10 months old and it really was a wonderful thing. After repeated ear infections, ones that wouldn't go away despite all the best medications, we finally opted for an ENT visit, who wanted to try a few other medications and once those didn't work decided on tubes. We took him in to the surgery center that morning, the gave him some oral sedation first, to help make him a little sleepy. He was in and out within maybe a half hour-45 minutes. I rocked him while he was waking up. We kept him there for a little while for them to keep an eye on him (he has asthma and had a little tougher time waking from the anesthesia). But once he got the tubes in I could tell him felt instantly better (I'm talking within a day or two and the pain from surgery subsided). He seemed to hear better, eat better, his balance improved. It was a wonderful thing for us. He did keep putting his fingers in his ears but we would just pull his hand down. They gave us drops to put in the ears afterwards. But all in all it was a great thing for my little guy. Oh and yes he still gets ear infections but they clear up pretty quickly with a regular dosage of antibiotics, where they wouldn't before. Good luck and don't stress too much if they suggest tubes, if it's needed then they will help!

 
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Old 01-15-2007, 08:38 AM   #3
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Re: Ear Tubes? 19 Month Old...

It was the best thing we ever did. My son got them in for the first time at 13 months and because his infections had been so bad his balance was off. The day after getting tubes he stood up and walked!

My son's infections were so bad we ended up getting tubes 3x before he outgrew it all and the infections were taken care of. Definately worth it though for us.

If kids get recurring infections it can cause major hearing loss and other problems. The risks of surgery are less then the risks for their hearing.
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Old 01-15-2007, 07:07 PM   #4
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Our daughter had it done for the first time at 13 months and like the two PPs, it was the best thing we ever did for her. I have just one suggestion. If you can avoid the pre-op meds, do it. All it does is make the child not care that she is being taken away from you and it makes the wake up so much more traumatic. She only had it given the second time and that was the only time she was in a state of panic upon waking. When we mentoined the difficult wake up the to the anesthesiologist the third time she told us that it was the pre-op liquid valium that caused that. They didn't give it and like the first time, it was so much easier. Now, as far as hurting. They give them like two puffs of gas, enough to put them out for ten to 15 minutes. Ten minutes after they took her back they came to tell us they were done. 20 minutes later we were taken back to recovery where we held her while she drank some apple juice. She never needed anything stronger than tylenol for the pain and we only had to give that once after the procedure. After the third one we even stopped on the way home at a mall for lunch. She ate 2 chicken nuggets and rode a merry-go-round! She did have a couple of infections afterwards but they were easily treated with antibiotic ear drops rather than the oral kind and they were less painful since the ears were able to drain. We also never needed ear plugs afterwards, even for the pool. We were told they are no longer necessary unless the child is going to be three feet or more under water.

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Old 01-15-2007, 09:28 PM   #5
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Re: Ear Tubes? 19 Month Old...

This is going to be long..........but my daughter is now deaf, but I think the tubes actually helped to prolong her hearing loss.

I too recommend tubes! My daughter had recurring ear infections and strep throat during her first 2 years of life. We had her tonsils taken out when she was 2-1/2 years old. They did a hearing test at that time to see if the constant ear infections did any damage, and it was determined that she was still in the normal range of hearing, but at the very bottom........she was actually considered to be bordering the normal/mild range of loss.

After the surgery, she bounced back quick. 3 months after surgery, they repeated the hearing test and everything was normal. She was almost 3 years old at the time. We were told that eventually the tubes would fall out, but there was no need to repeat any hearing tests unless we suspected some hearing loss.

Fast forward to the age of 5, almost 6 years old. Her tubes had been out for quite some time. My daughter was in Kindergarten. She had a hearing test at school....and did not pass it. We took her to the doctor and she was diagnosed with mild sensorineural (nerve damage) hearing loss in both ears. She began wearing hearing aids right away.

Once she began losing her hearing, it deteriorated quick!!! Within the first year and a half, she went from having about a 10% hearing loss to having about a 75 to 80% hearing loss. We had to every specialist around and nothing could be found that was causing this. We were told that those first 2 years of life when she had constant ear infections could be the culprit because they treated her ear infections with some high powered antibiotics.

Now, at the age of 12, my daughter has lost over 90% of her hearing. She is clinically deaf. She is still able to get some benefit from hearing aids, but it has been a very long hard road for her and for us as her parents, especially when she was younger and constantly asked us when she was going to be able to hear again..........and we couldn't answer that question for her, because we didn't know if that was possible. Now, we know that it isn't possible without hearing aids....and hopefully she doesn't lose too much more of her hearing cause if she does, then she won't get any benefit from hearing aids.

The tubes my daughter had put in probably bought her some time since she was actually starting to lose her hearing when she had the tubes put in. We're thankful that she developed speech before she lost the majority of her hearing cause her speech hasn't been affected too much.

Anyway.....sorry this was so long. Just wanted to put the message out there that not only can ear infections be harmful but so can the drugs that they treat them with. Best wishes!

 
Old 01-16-2007, 11:08 AM   #6
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Re: Ear Tubes? 19 Month Old...

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Fast forward to the age of 5, almost 6 years old. Her tubes had been out for quite some time. My daughter was in Kindergarten. She had a hearing test at school....and did not pass it.
I'm a bit freaked out by this. My son had the tube surgery when he was just under 2 yrs old and it was the best thing, but we had been treating chronic ear infections since 8 mos. old with antibiotics. When one didn't work they'd just up the dose or up the antibiotic. So like you fast forward - he is now 6 years old and the tubes are long gone - he currently has a double ear infection and he can barely hear a thing! I have just been under the impression it's due to the fluid in his ears, but now I'm a bit freaked and am going to make an appointment to get his hearing checked.

I'm also bummed because it looks like we're headed down that same road with my almost 9 mo. old daughter. She's had 3-4 ear infections in as many months and zithromax is not doing the trick. I don't want to have to go through the surgery again, and yet it was the best thing to do for my son. Frustrating!!

 
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I'm a bit freaked out by this. My son had the tube surgery when he was just under 2 yrs old and it was the best thing, but we had been treating chronic ear infections since 8 mos. old with antibiotics. When one didn't work they'd just up the dose or up the antibiotic. So like you fast forward - he is now 6 years old and the tubes are long gone - he currently has a double ear infection and he can barely hear a thing! I have just been under the impression it's due to the fluid in his ears, but now I'm a bit freaked and am going to make an appointment to get his hearing checked.

I'm also bummed because it looks like we're headed down that same road with my almost 9 mo. old daughter. She's had 3-4 ear infections in as many months and zithromax is not doing the trick. I don't want to have to go through the surgery again, and yet it was the best thing to do for my son. Frustrating!!
Did the tubes help slow down the frequency of his ear infections? One thing that I can tell you is that if he does have an excessive amount of fluid in his ears, it will affect his level of hearing. Luckily, an ENT can suction that fluid out. Since my daughter wears hearing aids, she has her ears cleaned out every 6 to 12 months depending on how much fluid builds up because her ears can't really drain when there is a mold stuffed into it.

I too worried about my son. When he was an infant, he was never sick.......and to this day at almost 8 years old, he is still hardly ever sick. But, I have had his hearing checked in the past just because I was scared, and he was shown to have mild hearing loss, which we later discovered was inaccurate due to fluid build up. He had been just getting over a cold when we had his hearing checked. When we took him for a recheck 4 weeks later, everything was fine.

It is definately scary to think how damaging ear infections AND the meds used to treat them can be. Just stay on top of things. Discuss any and all of your concerns with a pediatrician. I know how frustrating this all can be. I've been dealing with this for years..........and the level of frustration only grows because I have never gotten any answers as to why this happened. I couldn't even be told if her hearing loss would stop. Nobody seems to know anything that is useful..........and I have had her to see MANY specialists.......including a specialist in Mayo Clinic (very reputable facility) as a last resort. Just keep your head up and know that you are doing everything you can do.

 
Old 01-17-2007, 07:28 AM   #8
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The tubes definitely slowed the frequency of the infections, by the time he was 3 he was getting (and still getting) maybe 1-2 infections a year. As opposed to 1-2 infections a month. He actually seems to be hearing better again over the last 2 days or so, and he's almost done with his antibiotic (not just for the ears but also bronchitis and sinus infection) so I do believe it was the fluid from the infection. I still plan on following up with his pediatrician and possible hearing test. Another worry I had was the other night he sneezed and screamed and started crying holding is head over his ears and said that he couldn't hear right and that it really hurt, but it was gone and better just as quick. I feel lately as though I live at the peds office between the two of them.

 
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I would definately take him to see his ped regarding this. When he had his tubes put in, how was his hearing at that time? Did a hearing test show any loss?

Does he seem to have any obvious hearing problems when he is not sick? How is his speech?

 
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I believe the test at the time showed mild loss. Now when he's not sick I think he hears fine. His speech is fine. I will follow up with his ped and keep you posted. It's so hard working full time and having sick kids.

 
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Well we are back from our ENT for my DD yesterday and we are having tubes put in on the 30th of this month. He said they will last about 6-9 months....so I have changed my tune now after hearing what he had to say along with what everyone else shared with me on this as well. I will touch base after the surgery to let you know how things have gone. Thanks again!

 
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Good luck Sue! It really will make all the difference in the world!

 
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Good luck!! I'll agree...they really will make a world of difference.

 
Old 01-19-2007, 07:11 AM   #14
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Re: Ear Tubes? 19 Month Old...

Do you think she will hear better and talk better. I mean she talks great now, but will she perhaps become more clear?

 
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I noticed after the tubes that my son pronounced words correctly. I would attribute his saying it wrong to his age, but after the tubes I realized that he most likely was pronouncing it wrong because he was hearing it wrong. So I think definitely yes you will probably notice a slight difference. We noticed things liked "napkins" was "mackins" and "patrol" was "control" things like that.

 
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