Honey Bear (18 months) has chronic ear infections. He's had 6 (maybe 7) in the last 11 months.
My other two kids had ear infections too, along the lines of one or two per year. In a bad year, maybe three. I never had my other babies in the doctors office as often as The Bear has been. We take him to the doctor before leaving on a trip just to have his ears checked, so we can take his antibiotic with us if he needs it.
The pediatrician said it is time to consider tubes and last week we saw the Ear Tube Doctor. I know tubes are not all that big a deal. But, Bear has no problems with balance, hearing, or speech. When his ears get infected, his appetite falls off a bit (a HUGE sign something is wrong with Bear), he's a bit cranky, and his nose runs. But he sleeps just fine and is generally good.
The Ear Tube Doctor said it's up to us to decide, since he's not suffering any damage, just basically the inconvenience of how often they recur. He'll outgrow this on his own (and that could happen next month or next year).
I know a lot of you have probably done ear tubes. Help me! If his speech or balance were being affected, clearly the Ear Tube Doctor makes some money here. But he's actually fine, they just come back so frequently. The thought of any type of anesthesia when not strictly necessary makes us nervous.
Please give us a little insight here. Would you recommend tubes, or let him outgrow this?
(Additional note: the doctor said there is no concern about him cycling through a bunch of different antibiotics because the dosages are not enough for him to become immune to them. And his symptoms disappear very quickly - within two doses of the medicine - so it's very far from being days of misery for the little guy. If it were, obviously we'd do the tubes.)