Between 6 months to 2 years of age, children that have constant ear infections may be eligible for ear tube surgery.
My daughter Jade, had about 4-5 ear infections by the time she was 9 months old. These ear infections ran temps up to 104 degrees. She also would hit herself in the head because of the fluid build up in her ears, as if she was trying to get it out. With the advice of her pediatrician we elected to have tubes placed in her ears. I was fine with the decision up to the moment they gave her a sedative and she started to fade away. Her body got limp and she just didn’t seem there, then the nurse took her from my arms and took her back to the surgical area. That’s when I wanted to cry. Fast forward to present day, its been about a year and she’s never had an ear infection again and eventually the tubes will fall out on their own.
So if your child suffers from constant ear infections you may want to consider getting this done. Electing surgery for anyone under 2 is a very hard decision but you have to weigh the pros and cons. The infection is a buildup and the pressure from this buildup pushes on the eardrum and causes pain, and because the eardrum cannot vibrate, the child may experience a temporary decrease in hearing. Some research suggests that long periods of hearing loss in young children can lead to delays in speech development and learning.
My daughter’s pediatrician said that the infections may have been causing the delay in her walking. The fluid in the ears was causing her to be off balanced. She did start walking and talking a few months later.
Do some research, consult professionals and weigh your own pros and cons but always do what’s in the best interest of your child.