For parents of kids with grommets
For parents of kids with grommets
, Feb 08 2005 01:57 PM
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Posted 08 February 2005 - 01:57 PM
Hi. My 4 1/2 year old son had grommets put in his ears last October, and for nearly 4 months has had no problems with them whatsoever. I was told by the hospital staff that ds could swim, provided that he wore earplugs and something else to cover his ears. I have been really diligent about this, every time he goes in our pool (or has his hair washed) I make sure his ears are completely covered. I use Blu-Tack, which moulds really well to his ears, and then I put either a headband or swimming cap on his head. Well - he has just contracted an ear infection in his right ear, and we are due to go on holidays this Friday.
He's now on anti-biotics but the thing that gets me, is that the GP told me yesterday that he shouldn't go swimming AT ALL. (He also told me that ds' ear infection wouldn't have been caused by the pool, so I'm a tad confused). I told the GP that the hospital said ds could go in the water, and he completely disagreed with this. I know of other children who also swim with grommets, so what I'm wondering is, do you allow your children to swim and what were you told about it? I just seem to get conflicting stories about how safe it is, and now I'm wondering if I should keep him out of the water altogether. It's a little hard to ensure that a 4 year old child keeps his head above the water at all times
Posted 08 February 2005 - 02:21 PM
it is very frustrating when you get conflicting advise.
DS had grommets in Dec and he has been swimming with fitted ear plugs and a swimmers head band that I bought at the chemist.
He recently had a throat infection and the doc checked his ears and the grommets were fine.
It is disapointing seeing as you are going on holidays sometimes it is out of our control. Hopefully the ear infection clears up quickly.
You were just following the advise given which was the same as mine.
DS; 20 months
MC 8/04 + 12/04
Posted 09 February 2005 - 10:30 AM
Now I am confused!
DS had his grommets done in May 03, and his last DR's visit confirmed that they are actually still in!
Anyway, when I asked his ENT about swimming and bathing at his post op appointment, I was told he didn't need any plugs or head band at all. I re-asked just to make sure I heard correctly, as a friend's daughter had them done about 6 months prior and had to wear ear plugs. :quest:
I am now going to go and buy some anyway I think, just to be sure, as his swimming lessons start this week.
Where to I buy them from? Just from the chemist?
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DS Andrew (10/2/99)
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Posted 12 February 2005 - 08:27 AM
Audiometric, just wondering how to go about finding a local Hearing Centre - I'm in Brisbane. Are they part of Australian Hearing? I think I'll have some made for ds, although I don't know how long they'll last as he will obviously grow over the next 12 months.
Just a word of warning ladies - ds was diagnosed with otitis externa a couple of days ago, which I think is otherwise known as tropical ear. My niece had it a couple of weeks ago too. It can be extremely painful and ds had to go to the hospital on Thursday night to have his ear treated. It's nothing to do with his eardrum or his grommets (which are fine), it actually affects the outer part of the ear and can be caused by excess moisture or humidity. So basically it can happen to any child who swims, & the doctor said he's seen a lot of these cases lately. I'm now going to invest in some fitted earplugs and some eardrops to put in his ears after he goes swimming.
And unfortunately we had to miss out on our holiday too - we were supposed to leave yesterday
Posted 14 February 2005 - 09:21 AM
Thanks audiometric. Spoke to Australian Hearing this morning & it looks like the earplugs are around $97 - pretty expensive but it's probably worth it to save any more problems in the future.
Posted 18 February 2005 - 08:27 AM
Audiometric, just another question for you. I told the ENT doctor yesterday that I was thinking of having some custom-made earplugs made for ds. His only concern was that he feels these earplugs may be a bit too 'solid' and inflexible in the ear - he thinks that because they're not pliable (made of a fairly hard substance), they could easily be knocked out of his ear while he's in the water.
Do you know if this would be true? I'm just wondering whether whether it's possible to have earplugs made anywhere else that are especially useful for swimming. I did buy some plastic ones from a hospital which are supposed to fit ds' ears, but they tend to fall out. If I can't get any proper plugs I'll have to keep using Blu Tack or putty, but I was hoping to get something a bit more reliable. Thanks!
Posted 18 February 2005 - 10:23 AM
I found blu tack and the 'wetsuit' headbands worked well for my girls.
I was diligent too, both bath times and when swimming.
They probably had maybe 2 infections while they were in (about 8 months) but NOTHING like the constant infections they had without the grommets.
Since they have fallen out we haven't had any ear trouble.........hallelujah
Tamsin, I am amazed that your ds's grommets are still in.........is that a world record or something???
Good luck to all with problem ears Amanda (previously known as amandamum)
Georgia and Kelsey 26.3.99
This message was edited by *amanda* on Friday, 18 February 2005 @ 11:24 AM
Posted 18 February 2005 - 12:17 PM
Where can I buy a "wetsuit headband"? We use a swimming cap and either blu tac or soft earplugs for my daughter and the swimming cap is such a pain!
I have been looking for the headbands for ages. (we live in Country NSW)
Posted 18 February 2005 - 12:43 PM
Coming in at the end of this thread, but just thought I'd add my bit.
My son got grommetts in July 04 and I think they are still in. I was told that after the initial 2 weeks following the op I had to be very careful with not getting water in his ears in the bath and then, as long as he wasn't dunking his head, he'd be fine in the bath. With swimming, I was told to wait 6 weeks and then use earplugs called Doc's Proplugs and a wetsuit headband. I only just took him swimming for the first time last week and I invested in the pro-plugs which were $21 and bought from the ear, nose & throat specialist. The nurse there made sure they fitted properly. I bought the headband at the swimming centre for $18.
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