Ear tubes stuck!
I really don't know if mineral oil, sweet oil or hydrogen peroxide is better for removing wax, but do you think that peroxide might be more traumatic for her because of the way it sort of bubbles and fizzes? That could be a pretty weird sensation in the ear.
Your answer is DEFINATELY mineral oil. This came from 2 separate ENT's who both saw my son. He has thick wax too and the mineral oil will help loosen it- this is the medical advice I was given & it actually worked for my son. Hopefully AndrewsMommy will read this post and reply, but I am 100% certain about the mineral oil.
Also, I would be hesitant about the peroxide (no offense intended).
Good luck!I second Tweekers mom on this one! But hopefully Andrew's Mommy can pipe in too!
Thanks so much everyone you saved my daughter hopefully from a nightmare!
Shelley, you have brought up something that I have been worrying about a lot laterly. Brandon has had his second set of ear tubes for 2 1/2 years now, and I am wondering if they are going to fall out or if they will have to be removed. I did not even know that it was possible for them to get stuck in the ear canal once they fall out.
Whenever they want to clean wax out of Brandon's ears, they treat it like a minor procedure and actually put him under. I don't think that I could even tolerate the manner in which the doctor suggested getting Sarah's stuck tubes out. I have heard that pressurized water in the ear if very painful.
By the way, if the tubes are out, are you sure that there is no perforation in the eardrum still? If there is still a hole where the tubes came out, putting anything in the ear can be really bad. I think that in this case, I might want to go to an ENT, just to be on the safe side.Both of my children just had tubes put in so I don't know much about it, but how do you know if the tubes fall out? Shelley,
I worked as a personal care worker in a group home, and for cleaning out the ears of the man I worked with we used mineral oil. 2-3 drops of mineral oil in each ear at bedtime, Sara would have to lay on her side for five minutes, but that might not be too hard on the couch in front of the TV, then you repeat with the other ear. We only did it for 4 days and that was enough to loosen up the wax to have his ears cleaned.
I took Sarah in friday for the stomach yuck and asked her to see if they fell out yet..she stated that the hole is closed and healed but the tubes in both ears are stuck outside the eardrum and looked like hard wax on them..which will cont. to build up and also something about causing scar tissue to build up to whatever the tube/wax is glued to I need to do this soon I don't want it to interfere with her hearing either.
Thanks for the replies..keep ya updated:)
I would NOT allow the Doc to do it. I believe this would be more of an upset for Sarah than it's worth (for BOTH of you actually). Tweeker had ear tubes at 19 months & it took 8 years!!!!! Yes, 8 whole years for 1 of them to fall out. His Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist did NOT have ANY concerns with that and I was told that I could use mineral oil drops if I was that concerned about it. Does she have a lot of hair in her ears or thick wax? Tweeker has both, hense the "delay" in it falling out.
WOW...didn't know that this was a problem. Adam's tubes are still in like you described but no longer in the place where they were put in. If you open his ear you can see the end of them (green tubes) in there. He has had them for 3 years also. Every time I take him to the doctor they say it's fine and that they will eventually fall out. But they are not going anywhere. Now this makes me worry because he see's different doctors every time he is sick. He did just see his Developmental Ped doc and he also said it was ok but it was the first time he has ever seen him so he may not realize how long they have been in. What if they are stuck like Sarah's??? I'm gonna have to call about this. Thanks for posting about this....I'm sorry that I don't know what to say to help you loosen them.
I don't know anything about the tubes but I remember my mom putting hydrogen peroxide in her ears to loosen and clean ear wax.
ETA - but if she's very sensitive to sound, this may be too much for her. The peroxide bubbles and it's a wierd tickling sensation.
The doctor told me that the wax attached itself to the wall of ear canal and scar tissue can develop more and more till you got a big problem.. I had tubes as a child and they just fell out too but these have been stuck outside for over 6 months now! I might try the hydrogen peroxide..if she lets meI have heard that sweet oil will loosen the wax. It may be enough to loosen the tubes. If she will tolerate warm water into her ears that is also a good remedy for the wax and may loosen the tubes.
Sarah has had tubes in her ears for 3 years now! We have a problem now with both of them being stuck outside the ear drum. The doctor wants me to bring her in and irrigate them with water(pressurized) and use a tool to get them out!
Sarah will lose her mind!! I want to try and loosen them myself and save her from this barbaric remedy My mom stated to put in some drops of sweet oil or castor oil? Just wanted to know if anyone had this problem and what to do..I know she will not tolerate what the doctor is proposing AT ALL ! If the doc can't get them out she stated she will have to go to ENT specialist who might want to sedate her I guess the tubes have some hard wax keeping them in there so I need safe ideas to loosen it up. Thanks,