Someone on this list (don't remember which), just mentioned that their son has been getting ear infections routinely, and that the 'next step' is tubes. Have any of you had children who got tubes? Care to share experiences?
As a director of a center with 40 infants and toddlers, we've had 7 children at least who've had the surgery. And perhaps more, but that's all I can think of off the top of my head. Only one was out of the center more than the day of the surgery. the other 6 came back the day after the surgery (so surgery is tuesday, in the center Monday and Wednesday) and none of them were displaying any pain, one set of twins did have some crusty blood in their ear, but that's not a big deal, evidently. But seriously, the ear infections stopped, the kids who weren't walking yet started (because their balance was affected, so goes the theory) and the kids whose language was delayed showed a marked increase in language in the month after surgery. And the child who did have a bit of harder time managed to get sick with something else and that just complicated things, but the issue wasn't the tubes.
Now, of course you COULD have your child stay home the day after surgery (yes please!) but it's not necessary. In one case I had no idea the child had even had the surgery until the parent mentioned "Oh, on tuesday of this week he had tubes in his ears" and this was Friday....
So I'd say go for it if you really can't get rid of those ear infections. The children who had it done at our center were 15-18 months of age, except the last two were more like 22 months and 2 yrs, 3 months.