One of my good friend’s baby has had a rotten go of it.
She’s congested. She coughs a lot. Her little nose is stopped up, and she constantly tugs at her ears. She’s had ear infection after ear infection in her short little life.
My friend finally opted to have tubes put in her ears, at the recommendation of the pediatrician. Ear tubes are plastic and shaped like a hollow spool. Doctors suggest tubes for children who have repeat ear infections or when fluid stays behind the eardrum. The tubes drain the fluid and hopefully, the child will not only have fewer or no ear infections but also fewer upper respiratory problems.
Tubes allow air to enter the middle ear and flow back out into the ear canal. They clear fluid from the middle ear and restore hearing while preventing the future buildup of fluid. They also release the feeling of pressure and pain for your little one.
She took her baby in early one morning. The procedure usually is on an outpatient basis under light general anesthesia. She went home about two hours later. That’s been two months ago, and she hasn’t had an ear infection or bad cold since.
TIP 0-6 months: Use wax or custom ear plugs to keep baby’s ears dry after tubes. It’s also not a bad idea to use them while they swim, as well, to keep the ears dry.