This will probably be a FB repeat tomorrow but for now:
At what point do kids get ear tubes? My kid is generally a robust, healthy kid but we've had 2 ear infections plus a swimmer's ear infection since Feb. Tonight she is again complaining of her ear hurting (its the other ear this time). I feel like the antibiotics work because she stops complaining about her ear hurting and then goes several weeks+ without an incident.
I will ask the doctor if we go tomorrow (we probably will) but I just want to be prepared if he tells me we need tubes.
The pedi recommended tubes for Ethan after he had several ear infections in a small amount of time. I don't think there was a magic number. He also failed his hearing test and we found out he had fluid in his ears so that also pushed it along. If you think there may be an issue, it never hurts to see an ENT.
Post by bantyrooster on Jul 7, 2016 7:28:21 GMT -5
Gage had them back to back. Ellison only had one but failed her hearing test before her adenoid removal so they did them. She just had chronic fluid not infection. Our docs, pedi and ent, don't have a specific number.
William will probably have to have them. He has had only 1 ear infection but every time he looks there is fluid in his ear. He said if it was still there at 1 year then he would refer us to an ENT. He said he is just constantly in the verge of having one so it might be better to drain it. I also learned something interesting, well interesting to me but you all might already know this, the ear canal of kids lays more horizontal than adults so the fluid has a harder time draining but as you grow it gets more tilted. That's why adults don't have as many ear infections. I never knew that.
E just had her second hearing test today actually, and we're scheduling tubes (for the second time, it's a long story) very soon.
She has 6 ear infections in 7 months, one of which was so bad it required 2 rounds of antibiotics. She also has fluid in her left ear and some hearing loss in that ear as well.
Her ped was a little surprised they recommended tubes since she hasn't had one in about 2 months, and it's summer when ear infections are less common.... but 2 different ENT's have agreed that she's a good candidate for tubes.
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