Whats 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.
Few. Small risk from the anesthesia. The tubes can fall out too soon (they usually stay in a year). The tubes can become a place where bacteria accumulate and grow (sometimes they have to be removed or replaced). After tubes come out there can be a residual hole in the eardrum (perforation). The hole will usually close spontaneously, but sometimes need surgery to help it.

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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...

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...

Under what circumstances are ear tubes recommended for your child?

Hearing, infections. Hearing loss for about 12 weeks, or needing many antibiotics for infections are the main reasons to put in ear tubes. Read more...
Varies. I generally send kids for consultation when there is 5 or more infections per year or a continuous infection that won't clear within 90 days. The ENT's may factor in other variables like severity of infection, time of year, etc. Read more...

Is my child a candidate for ear tubes? What are you basing your recommendations for ear tubes on?

5 / yr & 1 wont clr. There are multiple parameters for deciding on tubes. One basic mantra "5 in a yr or 1 that won't clear" (in 90 days). An evaluation by an ENT that would do the tubes would give you an idea if your situation would benefit. Some 5yo kids are at the point that their infection frequency is declining & the benefit would be minimal. Read more...
It depends. The american academy of otolaryngology published guidelines about which kids should qualify for tubes for the first time this month that I have attached links to below. I am a pediatric ENT in your area if you have further questions. http://www.entnet.org/guide_lines/loader.cfm?csmodule=security/getfile&pageid=174506 http://www.Entnet.Org/healthinformation/ear-tubes.Cf. Read more...

Is swim-ear alright to use on a child with ear tubes?

NO. Swim ear the over the counter medicine to prevent swimmers ear has alcohol and would sting alot in child with tubes. Ear plugs should be worn when swimming. Otherwise don't put anything in the ear of a child with tubes other than what the doctor prescribes. Read more...
No. There have been a couple of studies where parents applied a prescription (quinolone category) drop at bedtime in children with ear tubes who swam earlier in the day. The alcohol in otc swimmer's ear preparations will cause pain and potentially cause hearing loss. As an ent, i only require plugs for swimming in lakes or oceans, not pools or bath time. Read more...

Child has ear tubes and still had 4-5 infections in same ear since January what are some other options?

Tubes. Make sure the tubes are well placed and open to drain. They should work. Replacement is an option or a preventative dose of an antibiotic. All the best. Read more...
Ear infections . Going on antibiotic prophylaxis for the winter taking 1 dose per day would be an option. how old is your son, is he always sick with any other infections? May be you can ask his pediatrician to do some workup to check his immune system but he is under 5 years of age & attends day care that alone is a high risk & a reasonable explanation of his recurrent ear infections. Good luck. . Read more...

What is to be expected during the removal of a child's adenoids and tonsils along with placement of ear tubes?

Improvement. You may be surprised to know that this is wrong in my opinion. There are better ways of treatment. Tonsils and adenoids are very important parts of the immune system. Removing them is too simplistic. I have found repeatedly that diet comes into the picture. Remove the "junk"! Read more...