Hearing management

Posted by: chanty | 2008/07/17



My little boy is 6 months old. He has had the odd ear infection in his short life. His paed put him on Zyrtec. My little baby recently started creche, since then he' s been sick, runny nose, chesty, and ear ache. He also got tonsillitis. The paed referred us to an ENT, who said our son needs grommets. Is it not premature to say this? We dont want our son to get grommets at such an early age. Are there no other alternatives? What can we give him for ear ache?

Expert's Reply


Hearing Expert

Dear Chanty

Babies of all ages get grommets - if you are concerned that it is to early, discuss your concerns with the ENT specialist. He/she can explain the urgency (if it is urgent). Ask for them to motivate the decision and if you are uncertain then seek a second opinion. It is however important to not just leave it - children loose a lot of important auditory information and language learning opportunity, if the ears are not at optimal functioning. We also don't want any unneccesary damage to the little ones ears. Often times, the problem can be dealt with by using medication but you need to discuss the detail with the ENT.

Please let me know if you need any further information

Kind regards
Izabelle Pieterse

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Posted by: Nandi | 2008/11/05

HI there,

My 7 month old baby is due to get grommets tomorrow.

How safe is this procedure for babies?

He has been vomitting at least once daily for the last couple of days, could it have something to do with his ear infection?

Is it safe for him to undergo this operation even though he' s been vommitting?


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