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Old 01-20-2007, 05:25 PM   #1
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Question for parents of kids with ear tubes

DS had ear tubes put in this past July. He does horrible with wearing the plugs during bath time. Bath time is such a huge struggle anyway and add making him wear the plugs to it...NOT a pretty scene!!!
So tonight he managed to pull the plugs out while I was rising his head and I am sure that some water may have gotten in there. Does anyone know what happens if that happens? The ENT said very clearly that we could not let water get in there and now I am scared it will hurt him or something. Do you think I should call the ENT on monday?
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Old 01-20-2007, 05:30 PM   #2
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My ds2 has tubes in now and never wear ear plugs. He did in the beginning, but doesn't anymore. Our ENT said it was fine at home, but places like a pool and lake he should wear the plugs so that is what we do! HTH!
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Old 01-20-2007, 05:44 PM   #3
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I am 28 and I have had tubes in my ears since I was 18. They told me to wear plugs in my ears for the first 4-6 months and after that I did not have to worry about it. I don't and I have never had problems with my ears.

My son has ear problems just like me and they have talked to us about putting tubes in his ears and they went over everything wiht us and they said the samething the doc told me. Wear plugs 4-6 months and after that you should be fine.
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Old 01-20-2007, 06:08 PM   #4
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My DS got tubes put in Jan of 06 ( they are still in) and he never wore plugs, nor did the ENT ever mention them to us
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Old 01-20-2007, 07:10 PM   #5
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Our ENT said to only wear them if we plan on going swimming in a lake or river, which I don't plan on doing for a long time.
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Both my boys had tubes, ENT said, no worries, go on like normal....unless he was submerged or swimming under the water for long times (which I am betting he is not all is well.)
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no ear plugs here. Our ENT said the tubes are there so the ears drain. What washes in will wash out. He said baths/showers actually help clear wax that blocks the tubes. We can swim in our pool too. Just no lakes or swamps. We put in ear drops if he dunks his head in a bubble bath or other "questionable still water" but with running water like a shower or our own pool which has regulated chlorine levels its fine. My oldest had 2 sets of tubes, lasting a total of 6 years and NEVER used plugs and NEVER had an issue.
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I'm sorry but that isn't very good advice. Water can stay back there and cause an infection. You normally wouldn't have a problem, but the tubes give you a gateway to the inner ear. It can be nasty if they get a good infection




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no ear plugs here. Our ENT said the tubes are there so the ears drain. What washes in will wash out. He said baths/showers actually help clear wax that blocks the tubes. We can swim in our pool too. Just no lakes or swamps. We put in ear drops if he dunks his head in a bubble bath or other "questionable still water" but with running water like a shower or our own pool which has regulated chlorine levels its fine. My oldest had 2 sets of tubes, lasting a total of 6 years and NEVER used plugs and NEVER had an issue.
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I talked with the ENT and he said to have custom plugs made for him. Maybe my son has different tubes or something, but all I know is he told me again to NOT let ANY water get into there or a really bad infection could occur. So, that is what I am avoiding I am going to bring him to get custom ear tubes made. Thanks for all the help ladies, I really appreciate it!
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