All children get ear infections, but what happens when they become recurring? Myringotomy tubes, or ear tubes, are often brought up as a possible option to reduce the amount of ear infections children get. Here are some pros and cons about ear tubes for children:
- Ear tubes will drastically decrease the amount of ear infections children get. They can, in some cases, completely eliminate them.
- After getting ear tubes, future ear infections can be treated with drops instead of antibiotics. This lowers the chance for your child to develop an immunity to antibiotics.
- Ear Tubes can improve hearing for children.
- Tubes drain the fluid that sits in the ears, resulting in less pressure.
- Children do not feel the ear tubes once they are inserted.
- It’s hard to see your child go through surgery.
- Some doctors jump the gun with ear tubes. They should only be used if a child has at least four ear infections within a six month period.
- If your insurance doesn’t cover the ear tube procedure, it can be a pricey ear infection solution.
- A majority of children need to have the tubes replaced at least once.
- Tubes can cause pus from the ear and a thickening of the eardrum over time.
Consult with ENT specialist Dr. Stacy Silvers in New York City, about the positives and negatives of ear tubes for children.