Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: sneaks | 2008/07/16

Q.

Grommets

My little boy is 6 months on Friday.

He has had a few ear infections since he was born. He has been on Zyrtec on and off, dont want to give it to him too much. He would/does cry when you put him down at night to sleep. After a while he falls in a deep sleep.
He is now in creche and so far he has been sick. He's been in creche for 3 weeks now. He has another ear infection. He also suffers from reflux and is on Motillium and Losec. He also takes Singulair.
It is now our paed's recommendation to insert grommets. We took him to the ENT and he also said to give him grommets.

Last night we put him to sleep at an angle and he slept wonderfully. No problems at all. Is this because there is no pressure in his ears? Is it really essential for him to get grommets? I just dont want to have my little baby go under anaesthetic at such a young age. What are the pro's and cons of grommts? Is the procedure at all dangerous? Could my little boy stop breathing during the procedure? I am really scared. Could we try hold out on the procedure?

Regards
Concerned Mommy

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

The primary problem here is that your 6 month baby is getting repeated ear infections and other upper respiratory infections due to attending a creche. He has the typical problems one sees with the so-called creche syndrome. I would not recommend that he has grommets at such a young age. The solution lies in taking him out of the creche and either arranging for a care-giver at home or asking granny to look after him during the day.

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Posted by: Stix | 2008/07/16

My LO had grommets put in at 7mths after repeated ear infections. She's been great ever since, balance got better and she's healthy. There's not a lot of risk associated with it, quite routine now. Just prepare yourself, scary to see them knocked out from the anaesthetic.

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