DS1 is 21 months and is getting grommets next week. He has glue ear in both ears and is down to 60% hearing because of this. He says a couple of words like duck, dock (he means clock), ear(which is meant to be cya when waving) and Nanna for banana. That's it really. He tries so hard to sing songs but its just jibberish. Does anyone have any positive stories about their LO's speech improving after grommets? Also what aftercare is there? Swimming and bathing?
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26-11-2012 22:44 #1
Grommets - advice please
26-11-2012 23:48 #2
My DD had her grommets in at 12mths so her speech was affected at that point, so cant help you there, although my cousins little one had grommets put in at 2.5 and her speech and hearing has improved considerably.
As far as aftercare - directly post op my DD was fine after a couple hours, and pretty much back to normal by the next morning. She had to wear ear plugs in the bath and plugs and a band when swimming. I didn't find it restricted her at all except if there was an impromptu swim and I wasn't prepared with the plugs/band. I found the proper ear putty from the Dr/chemist to be the best as it was more mouldable and tacky for putting in tiny ears. Some people prefer to use the plugs and a swimming cap.
Good luck with the op, it will be worth it. My DD was so much healthier after having the grommets put in....
27-11-2012 01:15 #3
DD was 18mtgs when she first had grommets in. At that stage she had 1 word. Her language improved alot after she could actually hear things!! I can't remember exactly when it improved but improvement started to happen pretty quickly after the operation. The grommets fell out a few months ago and she had a second lot put in, and once again she experienced a surge in language abilities after her hearing improved - she didn't stop talking on the way home from hospital!! We organized a speech pathology assessment (subsidized by Medicare with referral from GP due to chronic nature of infections) soon after the operation and she gave us great tips on improving DDs language skills. I would definitely recommend this! She is now 2.5 years old and her language skills were assessed as "within normal range" recently. She will be reassessed at 3years to see if this is still the case. Having grommets put in was the best decision for us and helped DDs language immensely!
27-11-2012 04:53 #4
Thank goodness for this post! We haven't seen an ENT yet but the paediatrician suspects that DS (he just turned 1) needs grommets. I'm all for it if it stops the chronic infections and I didn't realise that there was an issue with his speech but now I'm thinking there may be. Can someone tell me how much pain I can expect for him and whether it's a day surgery or overnight stay in hospital?
27-11-2012 04:56 #5
My daughter didn't have grommets, but she did have glue ear and delayed speech. She had to have drops put in her nose twice a day for about 5 months. If this didn't work, she would've had grommets, but it did. Her hearing and speech improved immensely and no more ear infections.
27-11-2012 05:19 #6
My DD had grommets at 11 months from persistent glue ear and cause we were flying to UK - dr said likelyhood of burst eardrums on flight was high.
Operation took less than 20mins in day surgery. Took her about an hour to get over the dopiness (sp!) then was back to her normal self. Too young to notice speech but she didnt babble as loud afterwards.
Re care for bathing
EARPLUGS - we used "Docs Proplugs" check website for distributors (our local chemist stocked them)
EARWRAP- bought from "little grommets" website.
ENT surgeon said bluetac works fine but I couldn't get it to stay in.
My DD was a baldy for ages so no issues with washing hair with wrap in.
DD now 3 and hasn't had an ear infection since.
27-11-2012 06:01 #7
My ds had grommets at 15 months. Best thing ever. He had 2 new words in the first 24 hours and yet the hearing test said his hearing was only mildly affected, if at all. BUT, he'd stopped saying words he previously said and he didn't babble, so he had the grommets done. His speech improved out of sight after the grommets and we never looked back.
28-11-2012 02:33 #8
Oh wow! Since it was pointed out to me by the paed I've noticed that he hasn't been picking up many new words or sounds. I hope his hearing is okay and there's no damage.. Stupid question but do ENT specialists do the hearing tests or do they refer to a clinic etc?
28-11-2012 04:23 #9
An audiologist would do the hearing test. Our ENT has one working with him at his clinic so all kids get a hearing test done before their ENT consultation and again after their operation. If your specialist doesn't have this set up you could get a referral for a hearing test from your MCH nurse or GP.
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28-11-2012 04:31 #10
My daughter had her hearing tests done at the ent. One before and one after to give all clear.
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