Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Honey | 2012-09-07


Recurring ear infections

My 15 month old boy had recurring ear infections every 2-3 weeks, so once a month for a week he is on antibiotics. He has had grommets since he was 8 months old. I was told to also now get his adenoids removed. Would you agree? I am concerned with him getting anesthetics for a second time this year. And what is the guarantee that it will improve the overall ear issues?

Expert's Reply



This is a very good question.It should benefit your little son greatly to have his adenoids removed. When young children have enlarged adenoids these adenoids cover and press on the openings of the eustachian tubes. The eustachian tubes drain fluid from the middle ear and open in the back of the nose where the adenoids are also situated.Enlarged adenoids are often the main reason why young children have recurrent ear infections. Removing the adenoids in children of this age is a relatively minor operation and your son will be able to go home the same day.

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