Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: worried | 2010/03/17

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grommets

my 1 year old, has middle ear infection and had tonsilitas. we were at the house doc last week wednesday. today being a week, still finishing the antibiotics. but she still seems to be pulling at her ears. the doc, said its bad, and if it doesnt improve, she needs grommets. what is it and is it adviseble? and can i use, sister lillians remedey, ear care with it?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

This question comes up often. Grommets are tiny tubes which are placed in the ear drums to drain fluid out of the ears. They are very effective and safe.Grommets would be recommended for your 12 month old baby with her present ear problems.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010/03/18

Grommets are little tubes that they insert into the membrane that allows the fluid that has built up there to drain out.

About 6 - 9 months after they are inserted they fall out naturally. Some children need a second or third set of them. Some children just need the one set.

We put grommets in when my son was 20 months old and again at 5 years. You will not believe the difference they make - suddenly your child just doesn''t get ear infections any more.
They also listen to what you say as they can actually hear you as the sound isn''t dulled by all that fluid in the ear. They start to pronounce their words better and to chatter away a lot and more clearly.

Go and see the ENT and discuss your concerns, but really, if they are advising grommets, put them in.

The operation lasts less than 5 minutes and most hospitals allow you to go into the theatre until your child is under anaesthetic and then to wait right outside the door so that you are there when they wake your child. They do children''s ops early in the morning so that they go very little time without food and drink.

Reply to Purple
Posted by: Yvonne | 2010/03/18

Grommets is the best thing for any kid (when they get lots of ear infection) both my kids had grommets. After the grommets the kids are just better. Just keep in mind they can still get ear infection but now instead of all the stuff sitting in the ear and making them sick, it drains out. I believe in grommets.

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Posted by: Yvonne | 2010/03/18

Grommets is the best thing for any kid (when they get lots of ear infection) both my kids had grommets. After the grommets the kids are just better. Just keep in mind they can still get ear infection but now instead of all the stuff sitting in the ear and making them sick, it drains out. I believe in grommets.

Reply to Yvonne
Posted by: Mini Mouse | 2010/03/18

Hi Worried

My son, now 19 months, constantly had ear infections every two months. In November a specialist in Bloem inserted grommets and my child have improved in many ways. When he gets flu, tonsilitis or a throat infection - guess what - his ears are 100% and no sign of redness. When he got the aforementioned infections in the past, he was always hospitalised.

If your doctor suggests it, go for it girl. It is for the better.

Good luck

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