12 doctors weighed in:

My child keeps getting ear infections. Should she get tubes, eventhough my pediatrician wants to keep treating her with antibiotics?

12 doctors weighed in
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
Dr. Anifat Balogun
Thank
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
Dr. Anna Meyer
Thank
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
Dr. Cathy Dailey
Thank
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
Dr. James Ferguson
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Jane Van Dis
Board Certified, Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
47M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors