Today I am sharing our ear tube surgery journey as parents. I have include our before, during and after experiences.
When we met with the ENT specialist he told us our options. We could put the tubes in, wait and try a different medicine and see if the infections clear up, or wait on the surgery and see if maybe it was something in her diet causing her to have allergies. My husband and I both agreed that we wanted to have the tubes put in her ears. Our baby was miserable and we thought the tubes were the best route, and that they were.
Preparing for The Surgery
Things to Know Before Ear Tube Surgery
- Dress them in something comfortable. We put her in footless pajamas.
- Bring a lovey or favorite blanket if they have one to comfort them after the surgery
- Bring a sippy cup or bottle and some clear liquids so they can have a drink afterwards. I forgot clear liquids but the nurse provided me with some.
- If they are using a pacifier don’t forget to pack that.
- Don’t worry. Everything will be just fine!
During Ear Tube Surgery
I held her in my arms as she woke up. She drank some apple juice (lots of apple juice) and we waited a little while so the nurse could make sure everything was fine. A few minutes later my husband pulled the car up front and we were headed home. We stayed home with her for the rest of the day and kept her out of daycare the following day just to keep an eye on her. The doctor said she could return to daycare the next day but I wanted to stay home with her for my peace of mind.
After Ear Tube Surgery
If the discharge gets on the outside of her ear we will clean it up with a q-tip or a damp wash cloth. Other than that we let it be and allow the tubes to do their job. The doctor said the ear will clean itself. He said to not stick anything into her ears to get the drainage out because that could cause us to push stuff back into the ear.
Her first ear infection after the tubes was a little scary. I didn’t know what to expect. Her ears had been draining, which is normal but continued for more than a week. Towards the end of the week there was a bloody discharge coming from both ears. Of course I freaked out. We called the doctor and he said it was probably from her ear infection. He prescribed us some ear drops and had us come in to see him within a few days. Just recently Ava has had another ear infection. This time there was more blood than usual. We called the doctor and he did the same thing as before. The drops cleared everything up and this time on our visit he said it was part of the infection and the body’s way of trying to get rid of the tubes in her ears. Thankfully the tubes are still in and her ears still look good.
How to Prevent Water From Getting in The Ears
Does your little one have frequent ear infections? Are tubes something you are thinking about?