Hi there. Im feeling really conflicted and would like some input.
My 16 mo ds has had reaccuring ear infections since he was about 6 months. I tried various different dietary changes in order to help the ear infections go away but didnt have a lot of success. Its been a couple months since he had an ear infection, but I suspected that his hearing was affected & had him seen by a specialist.
They performed an ear air pressure test where they tested the movement of his eardrum. A healthy eardrum with no fluid should move a lot, one of his moved a tiny bit and the other didn't move at all. The Dr says this means theres a lot of fluid behind his ear which is effecting his hearing. This is probably effecting his speech; probably the reason that he hasn't formed any words yet. Furthermore, the Dr. suggests that his large adenoids are blocking his ear/nose/throat system and says this is why they need to be removed. He wants to remove the fluid behind the eardrum bc he says it will not come out on its own at this point it is too thick, and then place tubes in his ears.
I am usually pretty anti medical intervention, so the idea of him having full anesthesia and undergo surgery really has me feeling anxious. Im having a hard time knowing what is necessary for his health, and if there are any other options. I feel completely overwhelmed and out of my league bc I don't know very much about this field in particular.
Has anyone had experience with this? any words of caution or advice?