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    Wahh I wish she could have the surgery right now!!! Has not stopped crying all day. Balance is very off. Probably another ear infection? Sad face.

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    I don't have experience with grommets in a small child but doctors wanted my 4 year old to have grommets...I didn't (she wasn't having ear infections). Anyway I went to a naturopath who gave me some herbal medicine for her to take and told me to cut out dairy and gluten.
    She's allergic to dairy so didn't need to do that and I did keep feeding her gluten. The herbal medicine helped but I took her to my osteopath who told me that if the problem wasn't fixed in 2 treatments he couldn't help her. She had two treatments and then a couple of days later she piped up with 'mummy, I can hear properly again. My ears aren't blocked any more.' A doctor's visit confirmed that her ears were clear, even though we were doing lots of swimming at the time which should have made the problem worse.

    Anyway, just thought I'd mention it incase you wanted to try those things to see if they made any improvement to your daughter...even if it was just while you waited for surgery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wastingtime View Post
    I don't have experience with grommets in a small child but doctors wanted my 4 year old to have grommets...I didn't (she wasn't having ear infections). Anyway I went to a naturopath who gave me some herbal medicine for her to take and told me to cut out dairy and gluten.
    She's allergic to dairy so didn't need to do that and I did keep feeding her gluten. The herbal medicine helped but I took her to my osteopath who told me that if the problem wasn't fixed in 2 treatments he couldn't help her. She had two treatments and then a couple of days later she piped up with 'mummy, I can hear properly again. My ears aren't blocked any more.' A doctor's visit confirmed that her ears were clear, even though we were doing lots of swimming at the time which should have made the problem worse.

    Anyway, just thought I'd mention it incase you wanted to try those things to see if they made any improvement to your daughter...even if it was just while you waited for surgery.
    That's interesting. My 4 year old is booked for grommets too, at the same time as tonsils and adenoids. But although he is booked, I'm wondering if we can avoid the grommets. His hearing is not great, he has a speech delay also... However he never gets ear infections. His problem is largely that he gets tonsilitis. Our specialist said to try cutting out dairy which we had already started anyway.. so far its not making any difference. Osteopath and chiro has been mentioned quite often to me so we are seeing the chiro asap.

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    DD2 had her first set of grommets at 5months then 18months and then a 3rd and finally set at 2.5years. DD3 had her first set at 18months and just got the all clear for no more on Monday woohoo..
    The procedure is very fast approx 20mins, you can go in with them whilst they get gas mask on then they'll meet you back in recovery..
    DD2 was in constant pain, waking, off balance etc and within 24hours of grommets she was perfect back to sleeping and her happy self..

    DD2 has had her adenoids and tonsils plus nose cauterised also which was a horrible experience but she is so much better and barely gets sick now.. Good luck for the op x

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    My DS has had to have 3 sets of grommets and adenoids by the time he was 18mo. He has/ had such horrible ear infections but the surgery is so worth it. The sleep and speech improve dramatically. It's a really short procedure and home a couple of hours after. The hardest part is the fasting prior to surgery. We regularly visit a Chiro for other things but it really comes down to anatomy which changes and improves with age.

    Good luck.

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    DS has had two sets of grommets. The first at 22 months old (along with adenoid removal). He was diagnosed with a speech delay at 18 months old, and referred to an ENT, who diagnosed him with severe glue ear and enlarged adenoids, and got him into surgery rather quickly. Along with the delay, he had major sleep issues (by the end, he was waking up every hour or so at night, and snoring loud), a lot of behavioural problems resulting from his sleep and communication difficulties, and was not following directions.

    The surgery did him wonders, and I am so glad that he had the surgery. He recovered fast, within an hour of being out of surgery he was up and racing around, so active in fact that they had to remove his IV as it kept getting tangled! He didn't have any problems eating after the adenoid removal either. His hearing improved dramatically - in fact, when we left the hospital, he heard birds tweeting up in the sky and looked up in awe like he'd never even heard it before (probably hadn't!). The whole drive home he was silent, just listening to the sounds around him with a look of amazement on his face.

    It took a little while for his sleep issues to resolve, as it had turned into a routine for him. But it did eventually get better. His speech slowly improved, not as fast as I'd have liked, but he basically had to learn everything from scratch as it was the first time in a long time that he could hear properly.

    Unfortunately the grommets fell out within a year, and at 3 years old he was diagnosed with glue ear yet again and put on a year long waiting list A hearing test showed that he was profoundly deaf in one ear and moderately deaf in the other. Which caused his language development to go downhill yet again, and he was diagnosed with a severe expressive and receptive language delay. Had the second pair of grommets in just before he turned 4. Now at 5 he has had no more issues with glue ear, and he only has a mild delay now, and is even at the same level in some aspects as other kids his age

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumMum View Post
    That's interesting. My 4 year old is booked for grommets too, at the same time as tonsils and adenoids. But although he is booked, I'm wondering if we can avoid the grommets. His hearing is not great, he has a speech delay also... However he never gets ear infections. His problem is largely that he gets tonsilitis. Our specialist said to try cutting out dairy which we had already started anyway.. so far its not making any difference. Osteopath and chiro has been mentioned quite often to me so we are seeing the chiro asap.

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    I would have gone ahead with grommets had the osteopathic treatments not worked. Wigglemum is right, it is caused by the anatomy and that changes as they get older and then the problem goes away. My osteopath explained it all to me and said 'sometimes osteopathic treatment works and sometimes it doesn't.' He then went on to explain that we'd know within 2 treatments and if it hadn't worked after 2 treatments it wasn't going to. It was definitely worth spending the money to see if it would work or not.

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    My DD had grommets put in at 12mths, after many, many episodes of glue ear. We had the choice to go on the public list and wait up to a year for the surgury, and risk further hearling loss and speech delay, or get it done privately (about $1k out of pocket). We chose to get it done ASAP, and the change was immediate and obvious - she was more settled, more vocal, slept better and sick less..it was almost miraculous - a new baby!

    The surgury was fast 20minutes I'd say. It was very hard for me seeing my baby put to sleep, but she was out so quick and recovered within an hour. Her grommets lasted until 2yrs in one ear and 2.5yrs in the other, and we didn't require any more, she has been healthy since. I am SO glad we got it done quickly!

    Good luck!

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    I'd definitely go grommets, her symptoms sound much the same as my two youngest. They first got theirs at 10mths and 12 mths and have 3 and 4 sets each over the years. They also both got T & A out in separate ops. Made the biggest difference to them, they were n olonger constantly sick. The op is very quick.

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    My dd got grommets at 17 months. Best thing we ever did. She did not have sleep issues but had ear infections about every second week and glue ear. She is now 3.5 and has not had an ear infection since.

    The surgery did not take long. About 20 minutes i think. She was in recovery for about half an hour and then came home and slept for about 3 hours. We noticed straight away that she could hear better and she started talking more too

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