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    Default 2 yr old having operation for grommets any advice

    Little miss 2 yr old is going in for surgery next week to get grommets.

    Has anyone got any advice on what to expect, how the operation went and any tips of surviving the day…am a bit nervous about her going under GA.

    Would really appreciate other mums experiences.

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    My Twins had grommets put in on the same day when they were 18 mths old.

    We took heaps of books, toys anything that kept them distracted.

    Luckily my parents came along to help so there were 4 adults to look after 2 kids. This meant that if we were hungry, we could sneak away in turns and have lunch while the kids were occupied by someone else.

    The surgery was delayed, but the nurses were wonderful- Helped keep the kids amused with rubber glove balloons etc

    The operations themselves were over very quickly. We took them down one by one for prep. We were allowed to carry them into the operating room and hold them while they were given gas. Once they were out, we went back up to their room to wait. They had IV's put into thier feet after they passed out. I think the operations were less than 20 min each and we got to hold them in recovery.

    We had to wait a few hrs after the surgery as DS1 had a reaction to one of the medications.

    The operations were at 1pm and we were home by 7pm.

    The boys coped very well and it was amazing the difference the grommets made.

    Good luck with your little girl.

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    My DD had hers done when she was 12 months old. The procedure itself is really quick so I would advise not leaving the waiting area (ie dont slip out to grab a coffee etc). Like the PP said take along books maybe even a new toy to distract your little one while you are waiting to go into surgery as they are more hungry than anything and get bored and grumpy. The worst part is taking them into the operating theatre I would try and insist on having the gas rather than an IV to send your little one off to sleep, let them do the iv later on. There will more than likely be tears in theatre as it's pretty daunting, I had to pin DD down while they sent her off to sleep it was really awfull and I walked out crying but she was back in my arms within 20 minutes and we were discharged from hospital 3 hours after the procedure as she was on fire!!! Can I just say it was the best thing that ever happend, she was painfree from that day on after many many months of suffering through ear infections. We gave her panadol after the surgery only once as she just did not seem to be in any pain at all.

    Good luck next week, it will all be behind you before you know it.

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    DD1 had them at 2.5 and DD2 is getting them in 2wks at 18mths.

    DD1 cruised through it easily and the main prob was her being noisy in recovery - not upset noisy just her loud inquisitive voice.lol

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    My DD had grommets put in at 8 months. I took her into the operating theatre and they wrapped her in a blanket so she couldn't move her arms. I was with her while they gave her the gas and she looked a little alarmed but I was able to stroke her hair and talk to her and she went off to sleep really quickly.

    They came and got us within 15 or 20 mins - we weren't allowed in to the recovery area until she'd woken up. She took about an hour to fully wake up and recover from the anaesthetic and was a little confused. I tried to breastfeed her during this time for comfort. She would get alarmed when the nurses would open the curtains as she'd never heard properly before so it was all loud for her.

    Once the hour was up we were allowed to go home and you wouldn't have known she'd had a procedure - completely back to normal! It was the best thing we could've done - her hearing has been at normal levels since and no issues with the grommets.

    Hope it all goes well.

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    thank you so so much for your stories.

    Reading them made me feel like we are doing the right thing and kinda angry that our doctor didnt suggest getting her seen by an ENT earlier - even when I asked for a referral myself he said that we should not go and see a specialist and just let her ears fix themselves….yeah and meanwhile she has no speech.

    I feel a bit guilty for not doing something earlier - its just I thought it was common for kids to get ear infections and it wasnt until i went to a paed for her speech issues that he recommended hearing tests etc. Maybe if i had of done something earlier she wouldn't be so far behind with speech etc.

    Anyway, I am so glad to hear your operations all went ok and your kids hearing seemed to improve afterwards.

    I am a bit nervous about the no eating thing but will take all your advice and get a new toy etc to keep her occupied.

    Thanks again.

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    don't be hard on yourself, I too had no idea that the ear infections could affect my DD's hearing and speech. DD barely uttered a sound until after her grommets, to be honest I just thought I was blessed with a quiet child . She said her first word at 18 months old (which would you believe was in a swimming pool whilst on holidays and guess what it was - her own bloomin name ) From that very first word her speech came along in leaps and bounds without the need for any form of speech therapy, she had 1 ear infection whilst the grommets were in which nearly resulted in surgery to remove the blocked grommet however it unblocked itself and continued to function as it should. Her grommets have been out for around 2 years now and she has had 1 infection which cleared quickly with anitbiotics and a subsequent hearing test came back fine. In all honesty I had no idea that a ear infection could cause defness in a child, like your GP mine too was a little bit too relaxed about the whole thing but all in all we got on top of it and she is absolutly perfect in each and everyway. Dont blame yourself, without the guideance of a doctor you wern't to know.

    I am sure the surgery will go off without a hitch, enjoy sharing the joy of hearing with your DD its an amazing thing to see how they react to sound after surgery

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    My dd has had 2 lots. 1st lot when she was just over a year, and the 2nd lot at 3, when she had her adenoid out too. My biggest piece of advise would be to try get an early surgery appointment. My wonderful ent surgeon booked dd in for both times first surgery in the morning. That way I didn't have to deal,with her for too long without food (she is a big eater 😃).i was allowed to lay on the bed with her both times while they wheeled her down to surgery. Second time round was worse as she was more knowing, and I was pregnant so more emotional than normal. I had to carry her while they gave her the gas. Then I went back to the ward and stuffed my face (I hadn't eaten either) and within 30 mins I was called to recovery. That's not the nicest place but dd was wheeled back to the ward within another 30 mins. She was allowed to go home once she'd weed and eaten. We were at the hospital by 6am and home by 3pm. Noticed a massive difference the 2nd time around. No snoring, and she is still a bit scared of loud noises as she didn't really hear them until then. Good luck, it's definitely worth the mothers discomfort. I went on my own, as dp was working (in the same hospital) but he admitted after I had to go with her again on my own the 2nd time that he couldn't have coped seeing his little girl go to theatre 😰Wuus!!

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    thanks girls, your posts made me feel better

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    Don't be hard on yourself. I know with my ds it was the approaching winter cold/flu season that made his ENT want to do the procedure asap. When I took him to see the ENT in October one year, just after an ear infection, and I was asking if he needed a 2nd set of grommets (this was 18 months after the 1st set I think). The ENT said no because ear infections usually settle down over summer so it was a wait and see thing.

    My ds had grommets at 15 months and I thought he just wasn't a babbler like his cousins of the same age. He was saying words (just not many) and they were clear, so surely he couldn't have a serious problem, could he? Well, within hours of the procedure he was babbling and within 24 hours he had 2 new words! It was the best thing we ever did. He got through the procedure quite well - new toys helped distract him from the drip in his arm which thankfully only needed to stay in for abour 20 minutes after we got back to the ward. They wouldn't let him go til he'd eaten something, so if you've got a fussy eater maybe take some snack food of your own (not a bad idea to take food for yourself too!). He was tired later that day and I took the next day off work to stay home with him, but he was actually fine and quite chirpy & normal .

    All the best!

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