advertisement

Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Scared Mom | 2006/11/07

Q.

grommets - help

Hi All,

My daughter is just 3 months old and the pead told us she needs grommets.
I have a few questions..., How often do they have to be put in?
How long is the op?

Please could I have some feed back on this topic.

Thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I must agree that this is very unusual to want to put grommets into the ears of such a young child. I suggest that you get a second opinion.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

1
user comments

C.

Posted by: Purple | 2006/11/08

They usually only recommend grommets if your child has had more than four ear infections in six months where the fluid hasn't drained after a course of antibiotics.

Your baby isn't old enough for this to have happened yet.

They shouldn't recommend grommets after one ear infection - even if the fluid doesn't drain after the antibiotics - though it usually does in the first few ear infections.

To try to prevent ear infections, don't use things like Coryx if your baby has a cold, breastfeed, if you bottle feed, hold baby as upright as possible.

The grommets op lasts about 5 minutes. The membrane behind grows back and pops the grommetes out after around 7-9 months, though my son has had his in for 11 months now. Sometimes one set sorts out the problem, because by then the eustachian tube has more of an adult shape. Children are so prone to ear infections because their tube is so flat and doesn't tilt. It gets its adult slant somewhere between age 4 and 7 years, though some children at age 10 are still battling.

Reply to Purple

Want to comment?

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.