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How long to keep ear tubes in? How long does a child who was getting ear infections almost monthly need to keep ear tubes in? The doctor said they’d fall out by themselves, but what if they fall out too soon and he starts getting infections again?

How long to keep ear tubes in? How long does a child who was getting ear infections almost monthly need to keep ear tubes in? The doctor said they’d fall out by themselves, but what if they fall out too soon and he starts getting infections again?

Ear Tubes: The tubes usually stay in for about a year. They usually fall out by themselves. Most of the time once they come out the child will do fine. However, if they start getting ear infections again or if they come out too early the tubes can be replaced. It is a quick procedure with no significant complications and the kids recover quickly. ...Read more

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Is it likely bad to have ear tubes in too long?

Is it likely bad to have ear tubes in too long?

Ear Tubes: For most pediatric patients, we typically recommend tubes only stay in place for a couple of years. Once they've been in for 2 years, I recommend consideration for removal. For adults who have tubes, keeping the tubes in for a longer period is quite common and necessary. It really depends on the underlying problem and the condition of the ear. Best to discuss with an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Can you swim underwater when your ear tubes fall out?

Can you swim underwater when your ear tubes fall out?

Usually : You can swim with tubes in place in many cases. Once they fall out, unless there is a persistent hole in the ear, it should be fine to swim.
Remember that most people who need tubes can't equalize their ear pressure well. This can mean that when you are deeper under water you will have a hard time clearing your ears, which can be painful.
Certainly don't scuba dive unless you can clear your ears. ...Read more

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How long should ear tubes stay in before needing removed? My daughter has had them from 9 mos to now, age 4 yrs and they haven't fallen out.

How long should ear tubes stay in before needing removed? My daughter has had them from 9 mos to now, age 4 yrs and they haven't fallen out.

Common to shead: Tubes often fall out after 6+ months but may stay functional & in place much longer. I see little reason to get them out unless their problems. I don't like them swimming in the lakes or ponds with tubes but home pools are generally ok. Some ent's would pull them now if you are concerned. You may want to wait until spring to bypass another respiratory season. ...Read more

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RN told me to use Vicks sinex spray for 3weeks to help drain ear tubes after being on psedophedrine didn't work, is it okay to use for that long?

RN told me to use Vicks sinex spray for 3weeks to help drain ear tubes after being on psedophedrine didn't work, is it okay to use for that long?

Not good idea: Nasal decongestant sprays should only be used for about 3 days. Otherwise, a severe rebound congestion problem will occur and that creates a dependancy on the medication just to maintain normalcy. Sometimes topical nasal and or oral steroids are needed to break the congestion cycle. Best to see an ENT doctor for help. The eustachian tube problem will be alleviated with the same types of Rx. ...Read more

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My head feels like there's pressure building, then I get waves of dizziness, symptoms go away when ears pop, what's happening? Had ear tubes long ago

My head feels like there's pressure building, then I get waves of dizziness, symptoms go away when ears pop, what's happening? Had ear tubes long ago

Keep them popping: It sounds like your eustachian tubes are not venting your ears until higher pressure has built up. Pressure in the middle ear pushes an oval membrane that separates the middle and inner ear. The inner ear has 3 tubes filled with fluid that help your brain keep your balance. When pressure is put on that fluid it confuses the brain and causes the dizziness. Popping helps releases the pressure. ...Read more

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3yr old daughter has ear tubes since 13mo old- ENT suggests surgery to remove tubes ...is this really necessary — can tubes be in too long?

3yr old daughter has ear tubes since 13mo old- ENT suggests surgery to remove tubes ...is this really necessary — can tubes be in too long?

Tubes: Yes tubes can be in too long which can affect the ears with other complications. Tubes usually last about 2 yrs max, so since it's been 3 yrs, if they can't take it out in the office, then they need to do it under sedation. ...Read more

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Son has ear tubes. Fluid draining from one ear. Has sinus drainage too. Take him to doc bc of ear drainage? Worried its ear infection.

Son has ear tubes. Fluid draining from one ear. Has sinus drainage too. Take him to doc bc of ear drainage? Worried its ear infection.

See Doctor: Given his history of recurrent ear infections and ear tube placement I would definitely have him seen by his pediatrician for further workup and evaluation. ...Read more

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How well do ear tubes work?

How well do ear tubes work?

Very well: Children or adults that get tubes see a significant reduction in the number of ear infections and usually have an immediate improvement in hearing. ...Read more

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What to expect getting ear tubes?

What to expect getting ear tubes?

??for kids ??: Ear tubes generally refers to insertion of plastic ventilation tubes into the ears if infants have chronic infections. The kids are placed under general anesthesia, the canal cleaned with antiseptic material & a thin knife used to open a hole in the ear drum. Debris is sucked out of the middle ear & the tube inserted & antibiotic drops applied. The kid is awakened & sent home to outpatient followup. ...Read more

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How to relieve pain with ear tubes?

How to relieve pain with ear tubes?

Question: In general, a ventilation tube inserted into the ear drum for removal of fluid or to prevent recurrent ear infections should not hurt. Sometimes when water gets into the ear canal or antibiotic drops are inserted, they may cause discomfort. Rarely the tube is pressing on the ear canal skin. Talk to your surgeon and ask him to reassure you. ...Read more

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Who can help my son with ear tubes?

Who can help my son with ear tubes?

Ear nose and throat : If your son is having recurrent or persistent ear infections, tubes may be a treatment option. You should get an opinion from local ENT doctor concerning appropriateness for your son. ...Read more

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What to expect when getting ear tubes?

What to expect when getting ear tubes?

Less infections.: Ear tubes help about 80% of people who get them for recurring ear infections. For most patients who have had tubes placed, no subsequent treatment is necessary unless there is an ear infection and/or drainage. The ENT doctor can tell you what to expect, based on whether the tubes are to be temporary or permanent. ...Read more

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Is peroxide okay for cleaning if ear tubes?

Is peroxide okay for cleaning if ear tubes?

No: Do not use peroxide in an ear with tubes or a perforation. If the peroxide goes through the tube it will cause significant discomfort. ...Read more

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What happens if a child's ear tubes stop work?

What happens if a child's ear tubes stop work?

Like No Tubes: When the tubes stop working, your child is now back to natural ear function. Thus, if btheir eustachian tubes have matured, there will be much less liklihood of ear infections. If not, the infections will start again. Do not overeact! The tubes need replaced only if frequent ear infections occur. ...Read more

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Will getting ear tubes help a child's balance?

Will getting ear tubes help a child's balance?

Maybe: If the child suffers from repetitive middle ear infections or has fluid that will not clear from middle ear, then placement of tubes may help balance. ...Read more

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What's risk of complications from ear tubes in child?

Ear tubes: Complications from ear tube placement are rare.... However one occasiionally see non-healing of the ear drum after the tube falls which may then require patching. ...Read more

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What symptoms should tell me to use ear tubes with my child?

What symptoms should tell me to use ear tubes with my child?

Chronic or recurrent: If a kid has an ear infection that will not resolve over 90 days in spite of several rounds of medication, the muck behind the ear drum is unlikely to clear without surgical removal. Tubes after that removal makes sense. If a kid has 5-7 separate resolving episodes per year, is excessively "ill" with episodes or has begun to develop allergies to abx, tubes are worthwhile. Ent's must eval & agree. ...Read more