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She's almost 18 months old now. Her ENT did not seem to think things would improve on their own anytime soon. In fact, both her ped and her ENT said that one of the main reasons they were concerned was because she'd had so many ear infections in the spring and summer. They both thought that it would get a lot worse during the fall and winter because of cold season.
The surgery did not seem to be a big deal to her. We went in early in the morning, so we were home by 9:30am. The worst part was when she woke up after the surgery--she was really mad, which apparently is normal for little kids when they're coming out of general anesthesia. She didn't calm down until we were in the car heading home. Then she napped and nursed for most of the morning, and by about lunchtime she was back to her normal self. Overall, the amount of pain for her as a result of the tubes seemed to be significantly less than she was suffering because of the infections. Ear infections are so, so painful. I've had them as an adult and I didn't want DD to keep having to go through that every few weeks. I think the tubes were 100% the right decision for us.
Even if you're not ready to do tubes yet, you might want to get a referral to an ENT and/or an audiologist. Apparently it's not uncommon for kids who get constant ear infections to suffer some hearing loss as a result. When we went to see the ENT, the audiologist who's in the same practice tested my DD's hearing and tested to see if there was fluid in her ears creating pressure. An ENT also might be able to give you more ideas for prevention or at least tell you if it's realistic that other strategies or just waiting a few months might help.
Living the good life and walking a path of peace with DH and DD (4/09)