Re: tubes in ears
posted at 10/24/2013 2:03 PM EDT
My DS had tubes twice. He started getting ear infections in January and had six by the end of April. The doctor wanted to wait to do tubes until after the summer was over because by then cold and flu season had passed. My poor little guy's ear infections were pretty awful, though. He got so used to them that unless he had a fever, we didn't even know he had them because he stopped fussing over them.
Anyway, when cold season came back, so did the infections. We got the tubes and we were AMAZED at the difference. He was about fifteen months old when he got the tubes and the difference was instaneous. He was already walking, but more of a lumbering kind of walk and now he was running. And the speech? His speech TOOK OFF. You couldn't stop him. It was constant. I felt guilty we'd waited so long to get the tubes.
One tube dislodged, though, and that upset the whole thing - more ear infections, he had a hard time sleeping, etc.. He had the tubes removed in May, I think, and new ones put in that were a size larger. It's been two years since the second set came out.
We still see the ENT twice a year because his hearing tests indicated there might be a lingering issue, but his last test this past spring was normal and he has a follow up in November to make sure everything's still working.
The first time, we kept him home the day after the procedure because we didn't know what to expect. The second time, we sent him to school. He was so alert the second time I wanted to send him back to school after the procedure. It was like he had energy to burn.