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Chronic Ear Infections in 17 month old
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Kzongs posted:
Hello all, My 17 month old son has had ear infections since he was 3 months old. In the last 8 months hes had 7. His doctor has finally referred us to an ENT. I'm just nervous i am not sure what to expect. Also he is always breathing through his mouth and he snores like an old man. His doctor says its normal i dont think so. Is anyone else having this problem and if so what did you do? Also if the ENT recommends he has tubes put in will they also remove his adenoids?
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ajs0924 responded:
I'm sorry you are going through this. I know it's hard. DS just got tubes a couple of weeks ago. I'm surprised your Dr. made you go that long before referring you to an ENT. DS didn't snore or breathe through his mouth but I remember being asked that a lot so I don't really know what that would effect but I don't think it's normal either or why would they have asked about it. We went to a couple ENT's because I didn't like the first one. DS also had a constantly runny nose and I thought the adnoid removal would help that and the ear infections instead of getting tubes but the ENT said they typically don't do that until they are 3 years old. But if the adnoids are what is effecting his breathing you get a different awnser. Good Luck and I hope everything goes well.
Me (34), DH (37), DS Zachary (10/3/08)
 
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cyn22mull responded:
DS got tubes almost a year ago....For his first apt with the ENT they asked alot of questions and he did ask us if DS snored, they did a hearing test on him and they checked his ears out. Our ENT left it up to us, if we wanted tubes right away or if we wanted to go through an ear infection so the ENT could see it. It was summer time when we were referred to the ENT so we did wait a few months, since the ENT said summertime was usually a slow time for ear infections. DS got his tubes in December of 2009 and knock on wood, we havent had an infection since. Good luck with the ENT apt and let us know how it goes!
Cindy(34) DH (38) DS Christopher 2 25.2lbs and 33 1/4 inches
 
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MIOB responded:
I can give you a slightly different side from someone who did go to see the ENT and decided against the tubes. DS was similar to your son and had multiple ear infections - to the point where he was on the 3rd antibiotic to fight it since the first two stopped being effective. The last time, we saw a different pediatrician who asked if we had seen the ENT yet because we should have been months ago. My pedi agreed during the follow up visit.

Unfortunately, the wait to see an ENT was long (about 3 months) and we ended up seeing her almost at the end of the summer. And because it was then, he hadn't had a cold - which was always the trigger for the ear infection. The ENT explained that sometimes kids can just outgrow them, so we decided to wait to see if he developed another one. And lo and behold, he's had about 4 colds this fall/winter and not a single ear infection.

Granted, if he had the visit right after the last ear infection, he'd have tubes right now.

As for the visit itself, they asked a lot about his language skills and if he was understanding other people and if others were understanding him. Ear infections can delay speech because the kids can't hear, so that was a big concern. But he's right on track, so that wasn't a concern. She looked in his ears and mouth and that was about it. We had a follow up visit about a month ago and his ears are still clear.

Although I still hold my breath whenever he gets a cold, waiting for those ear infections to creep back in....
 
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Kzongs responded:
Thank you all for your support and responses. I will let you all know how the ENT appointment goes. Today is his last day of antibiotics so lets cross our fingers he doesnt get another ear infection before we go to the specialist.


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