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Ear infections and tubes

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Does anyone know how many ear infections a baby needs before they consider tubes?

We have been fighting ear infections with our little girl. I think we are on #7.  We get meds - go through them...then when meds are done BAM - we get another infections. It's been a revolving door. 


Was wondering if other people have had experience with this.  We have an appointment on Jan. 14 - with the ENT. Hoping he is going to say it is time for tubes. Our poor little peanut can not keep going through this.

by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 8:40 AM
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snowangel1979
by Silver Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM
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My DS got tubes when right around when he turned two. He's 8 now. His didn't fall out untill he was 6, they got stuck and the doctor had to take them out.

Honestly looking back It's hard to tell exactly how many he had because as soon as he finished the antibiotic, he had an infection.

It was great. He got them and his vocabulary sky rocketed.

You'll probably have to go to the ent a couple times. If you can bring in a copy of her medical records with you, it may speed things up. That way they don't have to request it and wait.

It's an easy surgery. I spent more time filling out the paperwork at the surgery center before hand, then he was under. It was like 5 minutes and they were coming back out saying he's done. He was a little tired for a couple hours and then he was back to normal.
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Aqua_Jen
by Bronze Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 4:20 PM
Ds was almost 3 when he got tubes. He had an ongoing ear infection that meds weren't helping for 3-4 months before we got the referral. The ENT scheduled the tube insertion immediately. He had some hearing loss but it seems to be better, haven't had him tested yet. And his language skills are starting to boom!
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AM-BRAT
by Amber on Jan. 5, 2013 at 4:27 PM

I haven't, hope you get your answers, bump.  ;)

opinionatedmom
by on Jan. 6, 2013 at 5:43 AM

 where I live it is 5 in a years time. you probably will get tubes if she is on number 7. houw old is she? is she on the bottle? do you keep her ears covered when it is windy? cover her ears when it is cold? all of these questions are relevant I promise. does she get the sniffles easy? from teething? allergies? colds? if so that is where the ear infections are coming from. if she gets the sniffles I always put my kids on a decongestant. that is what my oldest sons doc had me do. I automatically do it with my youngest.

kendalls
by on May. 17, 2013 at 12:56 AM

I'm afraid I won't be able to help you on it all I can suggest you is check it with your pediatric audiologist and he should be able to help you.

Bmat
by Barb on May. 17, 2013 at 11:46 AM

My youngest woke up wailing from pain from ears many times before we were referred to a specialist. It turned out that his tonsils needed to come out and tubes put in. He handled it all very well, and the ear infections stopped.

mamamom431
by on May. 17, 2013 at 11:49 AM

I am sure the ENT will proceed with tubes. Easy peasy!!


Randi02
by Platinum Member on May. 17, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Have you tried a chiropractor? A lot of people avoid tubes and antibiotics after just one or two adjustments. It can make a big difference.

None of my kids has ever had an ear infection, but they also start going to the chiropractor within the first week or so after birth.

atlmom2
by Ruby Member on May. 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM
This is an old post that got dug up.
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