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    Have any of your little ones had to have ear tubes? Muffin has had 2 ear infections in the space of roughly 6 weeks now and I'm worried she might end up having a lot. I'm going to ask the doctor when I take her for her follow up but I wanted to know what other peoples experiences have been. If your child had to have tubes, how soon did it happen? when did they start considering it?
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    My son had them put in when he was 21/2, he had lots of fluid build up behind the ear drum...it was a quick outpatient procedure.
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    My daughter got her tubes when she was 10 months old and it was a pretty simple procedure. She was constantly having ear infections and had a lot of sinus trouble and after she got the tubes in it made a huge difference. Definitely not something to fear!
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    My oldest had 5 sets before he was 5 years old. He kept getting infections in the ears even with the tubes. It turned out he had antibiotic resistant bacteria in his adenoids. Once we took those out we only had to do one set and touch up the adenoids. He's 15 now and hadn't had an ear infection since he was 5. The surgery was way easy. Most of the times he would be home eating by the time it was 9 am. The worst set was the first because of the older style anesthesia.

    If your not breastfeeding you might want to try and take away the bottle and only sippy cup feed. It helps some times. Sometimes they can do prophylactic antibiotics too to try and prevent them. Babies ears are parallel to their mouth so it means the fluid doesn't drain.

    (My second one only had one set of tubes when he was 2 and that was supper easy. It's absolutely not a horrible thing. You have to keep water out of the ears though and that can be a challenge. We made custom fit ear plugs because it was such a problem with the older one.
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    My oldest had 5 sets before he was 5 years old. He kept getting infections in the ears even with the tubes. It turned out he had antibiotic resistant bacteria in his adenoids. Once we took those out we only had to do one set and touch up the adenoids. He's 15 now and hadn't had an ear infection since he was 5. The surgery was way easy. Most of the times he would be home eating by the time it was 9 am. The worst set was the first because of the older style anesthesia.

    If your not breastfeeding you might want to try and take away the bottle and only sippy cup feed. It helps some times. Sometimes they can do prophylactic antibiotics too to try and prevent them. Babies ears are parallel to their mouth so it means the fluid doesn't drain.

    (My second one only had one set of tubes when he was 2 and that was supper easy. It's absolutely not a horrible thing. You have to keep water out of the ears though and that can be a challenge. We made custom fit ear plugs because it was such a problem with the older one.
    Thanks, that's really good info. I had to stop bf'ing when she was 3 months due to a diagnosis of PPD and the medication they put me on can be harmful to babies and passes through the breastmilk. She's been on solid foods the last few months and now only gets a bottle 4 times a day (an hour after each meal and at bed time) and we're giving her sippy cups with her meal, she's slowly getting the hang of it and starting to like water. First time, she spit teh water out and made a really funnyface. Did you mean use sippy cups for her formula instead of bottles though?
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    I had a mom say that the sippy cup thing worked for them. (well helped out alot! this was when I was working in daycare)
    She just put the formula in the sippy cup
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    I was reading about this the other day and I'm thinking I read wrong then cause I read that they would need to be on general anesthesia and that totally freaked me out.
    I had a lot of ear infections as a child and Giovanni just had his first. I hope he doesn't turn out like me on that!
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    No words to help, but and for Muffin!!!!!!

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    Both my older kids had them. It helped so much. My son was 3 1/2 when he got his. He had 9 ear infections over a year when the Dr. suggested he get tubes. We took him the hospital early in the morning and left about 2 hours later. Recovery was hard on him because they didn't come get us before he woke up. so he woke up alone in a strange place feeling funny. He was screaming. I was pissed and still am years later. He was feeling like himself a few hours later though.

    Our daughter had 13 ear infections before she was able to get tubes. She was so tiny they had to wait for her to grow so the smallest tubes would fit in her ears. finally at 14 months she got her tubes. Her experience was 100% different than our son. they brought her to us and let us hold her while she woke up. She was still upset but nothing like our son had been.

    Tubes were the best thing we could have done for both kids. Both of them had infections when the tubes were inserted. the infections cleared themselves up and neither of them had infection after the tubes were put in.

    My son had to have his tubes removed because they didn't fall out on their own. The Dr. said it wasn't uncommon. It was quick and painless. The Dr. took some tool and just pulled them out while my son sat in a chair. he was 5 by this time. My daughters tubes fell out on their own about 5 months after she got them.
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    DS had tubes when he was a year old.. It changed his life.
    After the procedure, it was like I took home a totally different child. He was happy, he slept all night, and napped during the day, he wasn't a crabby little cuss all the time.

    He never got another ear infection after the procedure. It completely changed both of our lives.

    The only thing was, I had to fight really hard to get into the EN&T doc, and I had to push real hard for him to do a surgery. I had to utilize the Urgent Care doc who always saw DS to be my advocate to the specialist. The UC doc was a great guy, he looked me in the eye and said, "If this was my child, this is what I'D do, and if you choose to do it, I will help you." He was amazing.

    Anytime you child has surgery though, it's tough. It's hard to watch your kid come out of anestisia. If it's a route you decide to go, let me know, I have some advice for that.. DS had over a dozen surgeries, I unfortunately alot of experience with surgeries.

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