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My child keeps getting ear infections. Should she get tubes, eventhough my pediatrician wants to keep treating her with antibiotics?
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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: Ear Infections/ Tube
Middle ear fluid can predispose to recurrent ear infection & hearing loss.
Indications for placing ear tube are: persistent fluid in the middle ear (serous otitis media, som) not resolving after a 3-month period of clinical observation, persistent otitis media with effusion (ome) >= 3 mo, acute otitis media (aom) not responding to antibiotic treatment or complicated by mastoiditis, meningitis, etc.

In brief: Ear Infections/ Tube
Middle ear fluid can predispose to recurrent ear infection & hearing loss.
Indications for placing ear tube are: persistent fluid in the middle ear (serous otitis media, som) not resolving after a 3-month period of clinical observation, persistent otitis media with effusion (ome) >= 3 mo, acute otitis media (aom) not responding to antibiotic treatment or complicated by mastoiditis, meningitis, etc.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. Anna Meyer
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
2 doctors agree
In brief: potentially
The newest guidelines for ear tubes say that a minimum of 3 ear infections in 6 months or 4 in a year, and fluid behind the ear drum when evaluated by an ENT are criteria for considering ear tubes.
It still is a personal decision and you can help make an informed one by seeing an ENT to discuss.

In brief: potentially
The newest guidelines for ear tubes say that a minimum of 3 ear infections in 6 months or 4 in a year, and fluid behind the ear drum when evaluated by an ENT are criteria for considering ear tubes.
It still is a personal decision and you can help make an informed one by seeing an ENT to discuss.
Dr. Anna Meyer
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Dr. Cathy Dailey
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Ears
The general rile is 4-5 ear infections in a 12 month period should likely be referred to an ear nose and throat specialist

In brief: Ears
The general rile is 4-5 ear infections in a 12 month period should likely be referred to an ear nose and throat specialist
Dr. Cathy Dailey
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: May grow out of them
It is a guessing game sometimes when kids have ear infections.
To tube or not? Increasing head size is the main solution but how long to wait? I go with 5 in a year or 1 that won't clear. As dr.Balogun stated the lengthy fluid retention can be as troublesome as repeated infections & > 90 days is my limit. You do have to put baby to sleep for the procedure so it is not done without some thought.

In brief: May grow out of them
It is a guessing game sometimes when kids have ear infections.
To tube or not? Increasing head size is the main solution but how long to wait? I go with 5 in a year or 1 that won't clear. As dr.Balogun stated the lengthy fluid retention can be as troublesome as repeated infections & > 90 days is my limit. You do have to put baby to sleep for the procedure so it is not done without some thought.
Dr. James Ferguson
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