Posted by: Scared Mom | 2006/11/07


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.


Expert's Reply



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.

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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.

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