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Salam,

I think im gonna love this forum...lol. Well my 15 month old just had tubes put into his ears for chronic ear infections. Alhamd hes doing great. The doc said i have to be careful about not letting water get into his ears. I thought to myself ok no biggie but when i went to give him his bath..i was terrified because it was veryyyy diffucult to try and not let water get into his ears.

Family members have told me to try using ear plugs but they scared me about those saying that u have to becareful to break off the right size not too big or small it could get stuck...bla bla... so now i'm confused i dont know what to do and how serious is it if water did get into the ear????

Any suggestions....maybe also some mom's who have been through this. All advice will be greatly appreicated. Many thanks. Wasalam.

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hmm, ok this might sound silly, but you can buy these big huge headphones that cover the entire ear andj ust make himwear it during bath? But that wont stop his urinating-in-the-bath problem, sorry!

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Salam...

Just an idea...

why don't you make some sort of curicular object out of plastic to put around his ears, sorta like a cone. then wash his head, carefully. then the rest of the body should be easy..since you just wash the neck down, without having any water near the head??

OR

while washing his head, do it while hes leaning backwards..you knwo sorta like they do at the hair dresser...they never get water in my ears.. hehehe. i guess cup his head in one palm of your hands..and then use the other hand to wash the head.

hope this somehwo helps.. hehe

W'salamzz

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Family members have told me to try using ear plugs but they scared me about those saying that u have to becareful to break off the right size not too big or small it could get stuck...bla bla...

Salams,

You can buy ear plugs made out of flexable foam. You can also check a baby shop and ask them if they have ear plugs.

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Usually doctors dont ask the parents to take any necessary precaution about water getting into the ears when the tube is put in. My dad who is an E.N.T specialist does not recommend ear plugs for all cases where the gromet (ear tube) is put in.

The hole in the ear is very small and many times even swimming and bathing does no harm. It is only in severe cases when ear plugs have to be used.

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salaam alaikum

You could always try a little bit of cotton when you get ready to rinse his hair. That or just use a washcloth to rinse his hair. Let me clarify ,you just run thewashcloth from his forehead towards the back and once you have gotten towards the back of his head you can just rinse regular. I do this because my daughter has a tendancy to breathe water in everytime i rinse her hair so i just started doing this (actually hubby came up with it) :rolleyes:

wa salaam

aliya and fatima :)

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Bismillah,

Salaam,

Well, I have been keeping an eye on the replies for this question. A few of the replies were quite ineresting really.

See what Dr. Greene says in this regard,

The question of earplugs and ear tubes is an interesting one. For years the standard recommendation has been to use earplugs, but there was a fascinating study a few years ago where children with ear tubes were monitored for ear infections with swimming. Some of the kids with tubes wore their earplugs and spent time in the water, some swam and played in the water without wearing their plugs, Some swam with plugs but received an antibiotic ear drop afterwards, and some avoided water to the ears altogether. The surprising result was that the rate of ear infections was the same in all 4 groups.

On average, wearing the earplugs doesn't seem to make a difference.

I tell parents in my practice not to worry about using the plugs at all, unless their child continues to get ear infections after the tubes, in which case the plugs are worth a try.

For more detalied info, log on to,

http://www.drgreene.com/21_935.html

Hope this helps you,

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Wasalam,

Thanks for all the replies...but his doc the ENT said to use plugs. I bought some and its pretty scary actually these are made out of wax and the pharmasist said she really doesnt' recommend them cuz they could get loged in the ear..... :o

That study is pretty interseting tho...i just dont know what to do... I'm really frustrated cuz the poor kid was on antibotic for about 13 months straight because his infections were so servere. And he even started developing an immunity to the antibotics.

And its like i dont want to gamble with anything. I guess what i would like to know is that if water during a normal bath got into his ears do u think it couild mess up the tubes???

Sis Hajar im not sure how deep in they are but i imagine its through the canal... ;)

Sis Lilac...he just doesnt' sit still...and hes such a sloppy eater most of the time he feeds his clothes and hair so when its bath time i need to really scrub his head...lol.

Will I'll see how it goes tonight when i give him his bath. I'll try all the suggestions. Thanks. May Allah reward you all. Wasalam

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Bismillah,

Salaam,

but his doc the ENT said to use plugs........................pharmasist said she really doesnt' recommend them cuz they could get loged in the ear.....

Well, you should do what your doc tells you. After all, he is the person who has seen the patient and his condition, and he only has the right to recommend one. If you have any doubts about the handling of the plugs, Iwould advice you to consult your doc in this regard.

the poor kid was on antibotic for about 13 months straight because his infections were so servere

See.................this really suppports the doc's decision to use plugs.

Hope the kid would get soon.......InshaAllah.

Allah HAFIZ,

Dr. Ali Asghar.

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Salaam alaikum,

I wouldn't put anything in his ears. Couldn't that mess up the tubes? How far in there are they?

Here is a picture which can give u an idea of how far in the tube is placed. The distance from the outside to the ear drum is 24 mm. I added a rough picture of the tube which is itself only a few mm long.

Many times people damage (pierce) the ear drum by inserting objects like pins, cotton buds etc. This can result in ear pain and hearing loss.

But ear plugs are safe and do not pose any threat to the drum.

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