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ear tubes?

My dd had tubes put in about 1 year ago. I know that with them you can still get ear infections, but what happens when they keep getting them 1 after the other? Is there anything they can do or just let it keep doing what it does? ( I know the tubes are still in because its draining the fluid.)
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Asked by LizaJayne at 10:05 PM on Apr. 28, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • The tube may have fallen out. It is common. The doctor should be able to tell if it is in there anymore. Sorry to say but she may need them put in again. As their face grows it is common for them to fall out.

    Answer by Lifes-A-Dance at 10:08 PM on Apr. 28, 2010

  • Yes, as PP said, ear tubes usually "shed" in about a year. My 6 year old has had many, many sets. Her last set were "T-tubes" since she was shedding the regular tubes too fast.

    The first couple of years of her life she had chronic and severe ear infections. Her ears constantly were draining and her ear drums burst a couple of times. But as she has grown, the infections are fewer and further between.

    Answer by VeronicaLee at 10:16 PM on Apr. 28, 2010

  • Yep, our ENT told us they could last anywhere from 6-18 months, that's it. See your ENT.

    Answer by EmilySusan at 9:36 AM on Apr. 29, 2010

  • i read that often they only reduce the number of infections by one or two a year, which seems to contradict the results many parents on cafe mom see.

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 1:10 PM on Apr. 29, 2010

  • Wow, that would be surprising. Our daughter was back in the doc's office every 2-3 weeks without tubes and in the two months since her tubes, nothing!

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:23 PM on Apr. 29, 2010

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