It’s Official… Recurrent Ear Infections Means Tubes!

It looks like my little boy will soon be undergoing yet another surgery. This one is far less complicated, and much more common than his last surgery, though, so I’m trying not to stress out about it too much.

Gage gets ear infections all the time. About 3 weeks ago, we were at the doctor’s office, and she said that if he gets another ear infection in the next month, we may need to consider having tubes put in his ears.

Well, this past Friday night, Gage started running a low-grade fever. I prayed it was just the crud that everyone seems to have right now, but in my heart I knew better.

By 3 am, he had a raging fever of 104.

I tried all day to get his fever down: cool rags, Tylenol/Motrin cocktail, etc., but nothing worked. At 5pm Saturday night, I decided it was time to take a trip to the ER.

After a 3 hour wait, and their failed attempts to get his fever down, the doctor finally came in. Sure enough, another double ear infection. The doctor decided our best option was to give him a shot of antibiotics, and send him home.

The next day, his fever finally broke, and he started acting better. But it wasn’t until yesterday that he was finally back to his old self, playing and goofing around like the crazy kid he usually is.

This morning, I had a follow up appointment with his pediatrician. She checked his ears, and they are still severely infected. The shot he got most likely helped his fever, but it didn’t do a thing for his poor ears. So, he’s on another round of antibiotics, and we’ll meet with the Pediatric ENT next Wednesday. I’m guessing we’ll set a surgery date then.

It breaks my heart to see him in constant pain. I know the tubes will help. My oldest daughter went through the exact same thing when she was about Gage’s age. Only then, doctors didn’t want to put tubes in kids’ ears. She’s now 15, and she still has trouble with her ears. I don’t want Gage to go through that. And I’m afraid that if we don’t get the tubes soon, he will have an absolutely miserable winter. I think it’s best to just get it over and done with now – especially before Carly makes her appearance. It’s just the thought of another surgery for my baby that has me worried….

Any parents out there had experience with tubes? What do I need to know before and after surgery? I’d love any tips or advice you can give!

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    I hope all goes well with the tubes. The tubes were a blessing for my son. I use to hate seeing my son in pain from those ear infections.

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    Aw, I’m sorry to hear your little man’s ears are hurting. I hope the surgery brings the relief he needs.

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    Poor Gage! I’m glad he’s feeling better and hopefully you can get his ears taken care of soon.

    I have been through A LOT with my kids’ ears. My daughter got tubes put in at 20 months after pretty much living her entire life with ear infections. (She was on several different antibiotics and even had to get Rocephin shots.) After the tubes, she only had one ear infection. She is almost 5 now, the tubes are out, and her hearing is perfect.

    After a few months of my son having ear infections, I decided not to wait like I did with my daughter and had tubes put in at around 8 months. Unfortunately, they didn’t work for him. He was still getting ear infection after ear infection. He had a second surgery the next year to get the tubes re-done and have his adenoids taken out. That seemed to do the trick and he hasn’t had an ear infection (or really been sick) since. When you see the ENT, definitely ask what his/her thoughts are on adenoid removal.

    The surgery to get the tubes is simple. My daughter’s took less than 10 minutes from the time they wheeled her back to the time they came to tell me it was over. My son’s first surgery was a little longer because of all of the gunk they had to suck out of his ear drums. His second surgery took even longer because of the adenoid removal, but it still wasn’t bad. He was bouncing around later that day like nothing happened. My son also had a 3rd surgery for a hernia repair and other issues, and the ENT surgeries were a cakewalk compared to that, so I’m sure if Gage gets tubes, you will think the same compared to his other surgery.

    Good luck with everything! I have been through it all with the ear stuff, so if you have any questions, shoot me an email.

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