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My 2 year old has tubes in her ears how long do kids usually have to have them?

My 2 year old has tubes in her ears how long do kids usually have to have them?

Variable: They tend to last 6 months to 2 years and the body naturally pushes them out, often without you realizing it and with the eardrum sealing right back up. If they stay in beyond 2 1/2 or 3 years there is increased risk of permanent hole in the eardrum once they do fall out. You should have the tubes checked every 6-12 months to make sure of their position and function. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has had tubes in place for about 17 months now; within the last 2wks, there has been repeated brownish drainage from L. Ear..cause?

My 2 year old has had tubes in place for about 17 months now; within the last 2wks, there has been repeated brownish drainage from L. Ear..cause?

Hard to say: The average length of stay for tubes runs 6-12 mo, so unless you have had them re-examined and know they are still there, I assume they are not. Brownish drainage may be evidence of an infection from that ear.Sometimes these occur and produce a small rupture through the site where the tube was placed.If the tube is there, it could leak through it. Time to see the doc. ...Read more

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What can cause chronic ear pain? My 15 year old daughter has tubes in her ears, but still experiences chronic pain, there is no infection.

What can cause chronic ear pain?  My 15 year old daughter has tubes in her ears, but still experiences chronic pain, there is no infection.

Maybe not ears: Let's assume she has had a doctor look in her ears and verify the tubes are in place and there is no pressure problem behind the eardrum. Pain that seems like it comes from the ears can actually be caused by a problem in the throat, jaw joint, or a tooth. Next stop might be the dentist. ...Read more

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My 2 year old daughter is going in for surgery this month and she just got her ears pierced what can I do so the holes won't close during that time?

My 2 year old daughter is going in for surgery this month and she just got her ears pierced what can I do so the holes won't close during that time?

Plastic Spacers?: Discuss your concerns with your surgeon. You will likely be able to use plastic "spacers" so that there is no metal involved. Some types of cautery we use these days do not require the removal of metal etc. Best to check with your daughter's surgeon. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Our 1 1/2 year old has a possible sinus infection and is tugging at her ears with a possible ear infection. Do we need to take her to urgent care?

Our 1 1/2 year old has a possible sinus infection and is tugging at her ears with a possible ear infection.  Do we need to take her to urgent care?

Mgt: If she is otherwise well and without fever, keep her well hydrated and monitor her temperature before giving her Tylenol or Motrin for pain. In the morning, your PCP may be able to see you. If she has a fever, then I would suggest taking her to urgent care. ...Read more

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My 2 year-old daughter has thick green mucus coming out her eyes and runny nose and fever of 101 for 3 days? I've used garlic oil in her ears for earache.

My 2 year-old daughter has thick green mucus coming out her eyes and runny nose and fever of 101 for 3 days? I've used garlic oil in her ears for earache.

See dr.: The symptoms as described could be caused by a bacterial infection, and it is recommended for you to bring your daughter to a dr. For an evaluation a soon as possible. Best wishes. ...Read more

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When I was 2 years old I had to get tubes in my ears. Can I still join the coast guard?

When I was 2 years old I had to get tubes in my ears. Can I still join the coast guard?

Likely: Having tubes as a toddler is common and has no long term impact on a kids health (or hearing). As such, I can see no way it would exclude anyone from military service by itself. That said, you could have other issues on exam that would disqualify you. ...Read more

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My 1yr old had tubes put in her ears i was wondering how long after her surgery can I take her to the pool and not be worried if water goes in ears?

My 1yr old had tubes put in her ears i was wondering how long after her surgery can I take her to the pool and not be worried if water goes in ears?

OK to swim: The latest information based on controlled study is: let your child swim. There is no difference in middle ear infection, drainage, or fluid accumulation after pe tube insertion when children are allowed to swim with or without ear plugs ...Read more