As most of you will recall, during March, A2 spent 2 separate weeks in hospital due to RSV causing secondary pneumonia (1st time) and bronchopneumonia (2nd time). While in hospital the first time, it was also discovered that he had serious ear infection and grommets came up as a possible solution for the problem. He wasn’t responding to the antibiotics with regards to the ear infection, so I immediately agreed. **The fact that he was crying hysterically every afternoon for 3 hours straight regardless of what I tried to calm him may have had something to do with my instant decision**
The doctor promised that putting in grommets now, will reduce the need for future courses of constant antibiotics and also prevent my baby-child from being in pain due to chronic ear infection. Mind you, not that we had any troubles really before, but I didn’t want him to go through that if we could stop it before it starts…
So, since Sunday, we’ve had our first experience with the benefit of him having grommets in his little ears. A yucky, orangey substance has been leaking from his left ear, leaving a sticky mess all over his ears and clothes. It happens mainly during nap times or sleep time, so by the time I get to clean it up, it has hardened and dried out. And there’s so much! So I was thinking, if he didn’t have those little pipes put in, and all that stuff was building up, imagine the agony that baby would have been in?!
Initially, I was just going to leave it and let it run its course, because he has no fever or any other symptoms, but his nose has started running a yucky green too, so maybe the gunk in his ears are starting to affect other bits as well. Luckily, I found the antibiotic eardrops he was discharged with, so have started putting them in. It can’t hurt and if it makes no difference, then it’ll just run out his ear like the gunk right? I’ve also started giving him Illiadin Paediatric Nose drops, to try and clear his nose up. But now I’m not too sure if the nose drops are supposed to soften stuffy noses, or if they are to clear the snot up…?Anyway, it’s in his nose and I’m hoping it helps.
Just as an aside, regardless of how easy it was for me to make this decision to have my baby put under general anesthetics and undergo surgery (however small) - perhaps because I was at my wits end and I just wanted him to get better, with A1 I was the total opposite. When he was little he was once diagnosed with a very mild ear infection. It was round about the same time he was teething too, and he really wasn’t very sick at all. Then, all of a sudden, every body insisted he have grommets put in like he was their child. And I was dead set against it! I really really didn’t feel it was necessary at the time, but I was *again* severely judged for my bad parenting decisions, because what do *I* know, I’m just his mother… He’s never had ear infection since, so I’m glad I stuck to my guns on that one.
That’s why, in hindsight, this is actually a very big deal for me. Having made the split-second decision about something like this, without taking the time to research everything proper or even consult TF in the decision making. I just informed him that it was going to happen, and it did. Fortunately, way back when when the issue arised with A1, I did proper homework on grommets, so I wasn’t completely clueless going in to this thing. But it went against my nature and my whole approach to parenting. Thinking about it now, it sends me into a slight (irrational) panic…
Would I do it again given a second chance? In a heartbeat!