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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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How old does a child have to be to have otoplasty? My 5-year old daughter's ears are much too big, and the kids in her kindergarten class have started teasing her. Is she too young to have otoplasty? .

How old does a child have to be to have otoplasty? My 5-year old daughter's ears are much too big, and the kids in her kindergarten class have started teasing her. Is she too young to have otoplasty?

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6-7 y/0: Ear growth usually is done by 6-7 years , that would be my choice to operate, but in cases where there is teasing and may affect child behavior in school , 5 sounds a reasonable compromise. ...Read more

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My 5 year old daughter is having her t-tubes removed. They have been in place for 3 years. Her doctor wants to also perform a Myringoplasty. Risks??

My 5 year old daughter is having her t-tubes removed. They have been in place for 3 years. Her doctor wants to also perform a Myringoplasty. Risks??

Myringoplasty: Usually a well tolerated procedure. I am an ER physician and for 20 years I have never seen a complication from a myringoplasty. For example I see some type of problem from a tonsillectomy monthly ...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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Generally, how long is ear surgery in children? Our daughter was born with prominent ears. She is four now and we would like to have them corrected before she starts school so she won't have to face the ridicule of other kids. I'm concerned about her bein

Generally, how long is ear surgery in children? Our daughter was born with prominent ears. She is four now and we would like to have them corrected before she starts school so she won't have to face the ridicule of other kids. I'm concerned about her bein

Safe surgery - 2 hrs: Preschool age is a common timing for ear setback or otoplasty procedures. It can be done in a younger or older child but the type of the procedure performed is different.The procedure takes about 2 hours and is under a general anesthetic. Children tolerate the procedure well and are extremely happy and more importantly do not face the ridicule of other kids. ...Read more

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Is my 2 year old adhd? I have a 2 1/2 yr old son he has some symptoms i think may be ADHD it runs in my family my mother has 7 kids she says he ismt normal so to speak when we go into a store especially the freezer aisle he has to touch and open every

Is my 2 year old adhd? I have a 2 1/2 yr old son 
he has some symptoms i think may be ADHD it runs in my family 
my mother has 7 kids she says he ismt normal so to speak 
when we go into a store especially the freezer aisle he has to touch and open every

Symptoms of Early-: Onset adhd begin ~ 2 1/2. Adhd is highly heritable. Neurotypical toddlers & pre-schoolers can have very short attention spans, so perstently disruptive, hyperactive/impulsive behaviors usually prompt referral to a developmental/behavioral pediatrician. Behavioral therapy, behavioral management training for parents, & early intervention (education) can significantly alter the clinical course. ...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 there 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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My 2 year old drank after me. I have shingles. We also have a 32 weeker in NICU. Worried toddler will get chicken pox and we will spread it to preemie?

My 2 year old drank after me. I have shingles. We also have a 32 weeker in NICU. Worried toddler will get chicken pox and we will spread it to preemie?

Contact care: Only the weeping debris from your shingles would be able to spread the virus. If you can keep the area covered & practice good contact care (wash hands a lot) you are unlikely to spread it to anyone. Let the NICU people know since their policy may keep you away until certain parameters are met. ...Read more

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What can I do to ensure my 2.5 year old son is not too skinny? My son has lost a lot of weight in the past 2 months. I try to feed him, but he fusses.

What can I do to ensure my 2.5 year old son is not too skinny? My son has lost a lot of weight in the past 2 months. I try to feed him, but he fusses.

See your doctor: Children don't usually lose weight. Losing weight can be a sign of significant illness in most children. If he has actually lost weight, without vomiting or diarrhea, please have him seen by his doctor to find out what could be causing this. ...Read more

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My sons ear tubes are falling out what should I do he has had the tubes for over a year

My sons ear tubes are falling out what should I do he has had the tubes for over a year

Nothing if not probs: Tubes last 6 months to 2 years. Then they fall out. Some kids have had enough time in the period with tubes to grow out of the issues and others haven't- the latter group may possibly need another set. This will depend on the development of new infections or new persistent fluid or hearing loss. Most kids only need one set, though. ...Read more

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Hii(: i'm twelve years old, and i apperantly have to get my adenoids removed. 1) how long will i be in the hospital for?

Hii(: i'm twelve years old, and i apperantly have to get my adenoids removed. 1) how long will i be in the hospital for?

Same day: Don't worry honey - almost all kids go home the same day form adenoid surgery. You will be sound asleep when everything happens. After they make sure you wake up ok, can drink a little bit of juice or water, make sure you are not in pain, and then home you will go. At home, it takes 1-2 weeks to get back to feeling your old self, a little longer if they are taking out your tonsils too. Don't worry. ...Read more

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How many days can a sick child go without eating? My 3 Year old has not eaten in almost 7 days she says she cannot swallow I have had her to her pedi

How many days can a sick child go without eating?  My 3 Year old has not eaten in almost 7 days she says she cannot swallow I have had her to her pedi

7 days is too long: If your child cannot eat she needs to be seen again. There are many causes of an inability to eat but the only way to assure it is not serious is to examine her and possibly do some testing. I am assuming she can take in liquids or she would have become seriously dehydrated by now. Please take her back to her doctor or to the nearest urgent care clinic for an examination. ...Read more

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My 2 year old daughter has been diagnosed with atopy? How can we get her "used" to things so she won't react?

My 2 year old daughter has been diagnosed with atopy?  How can we get her "used" to things so she won't react?

Definitions matter: Atopy just means she has the tendency to become allergic as shown by early allergy related problems. Like getting sunburned easily, this is a tendency you are born with.There are things you learn to do to manage symptoms.Being aware can lead to early recognition of various issues, but you don't change atopy. Allergists can sometimes desensitize a kid to specific things, but the tendency remains. ...Read more

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Just informed my nephew has hand, foot, and mouth disease. My 12 month old and 4 year old were exposed but are acting fine. Will they get it to?

Just informed my nephew has hand, foot, and mouth disease. My 12 month old and 4 year old were exposed but are acting fine. Will they get it to?

Maybe: Maybe not. There are no rules here. People are exposed to all kinds of viruses but never develop symptoms. Just don't be surprised if they do. Treatment is supportive, tylenol/ibuprofen for fever, push fluids, (popsicles are good here). Stay out of school or daycare until fever gone and no new lesions. Wash hands frequently and well! Good luck. ...Read more

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My fiancé and I have been together a little less than 2 years she is 36 and 23 she has three kids I have none but she has her tubes tied emotionally i'm torn that i can't have kids with the woman i love! besides tubal reversal what can I do?

My fiancé and I have been together a little less than 2 years she is 36 and 23 she has three kids I have none but she has her tubes tied emotionally i'm torn that i can't have kids with the woman i love! besides tubal reversal what can I do?

She : She is your fiance, therefore I am assuming you knew this was a possibility before you proposed to her. You did not mention in your post what she wants. Is she content with her 3 children, or does she want to have a baby with you? These are important questions you need to ask and get answered. To answer the last part of your question, "besides tubal reversal what can i do?" I am assuming you are alluding to how you can have a baby with her. Even though her tubes are tied she can still undergo in-vitro fertilization, also she can have her eggs extracted and you could use a surrogate. There are possibilities, but first you need to have a serious conversation with her and find out what she wants and then you can decide what you want. Best of luck. ...Read more

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My 7yr old nephew has mono. How long should I keep my small children away from him or away from people that have been exposed to him?

My 7yr old nephew has mono. How long should I keep my small children away from him or away from people that have been exposed to him?

Varies: Definitely for as long as he is acutely ill. He could carrying the virus for many months, so even if he is feeling better, I would avoid drinking out of the same glass or sharing food. ...Read more

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My daughter is 5 years old and is having problems with her bowls...She won't tell us that she went and will stay in it until we know what can I do?

My daughter is 5 years old and is having problems with her bowls...She won't tell us that she went and will stay in it until we know what can I do?

See her pediatrician: Both a medical and behavioral problem, 90% of cases of encopresis (soiling) are associated with constipation. Medical and behavioral therapy must continue for at least 6 months after normal stooling patterns are achieved. ...Read more

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