Bilateral Myringotomy with tubes — What is it?
What to expect from surgery
How do I know if my child has an ear infection?
Symptoms to look for include:
How to soothe the symptoms of an ear infection at home:
Is surgery the right choice for my child?
Because of my sons young age I was hesitant to schedule him for surgery, but I’m here to tell you that it was quick and very effective. It seemed like he almost instantly had relief from all of the pain and pressure in his ears.
TMI — the doctor told me pus and mucus began pouring out of the small incision he made in the tympanic membrane indicating that his ears were badly and chronically inflamed. It is very likely that all the antibiotics he was given over the course of a year didn’t even touch the infection that was brewing in his middle ear. (This was a little concerning because I’m educated on antibiotic resistance and the harm associated with the overuse of these medications.)
Now that the tubes are in place, the symptoms of his colds will be lessened. Another big plus is that we will no longer have to make a doctors appointment every time we suspect he’s ill. If there’s drainage or an infection present all it takes is a call to get a prescription for antibiotic drops. It definitely helps with my sanity and my PTO at work.
UPDATE: We went for Blake’s follow up appointment and his tubes have remained in place. His ears are looking great and his hearing test came back with NO deficit.
Speak to your child’s pediatrician about the criteria for this procedure and if your little one is a good candidate for surgery. Relief is on the way!