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Any pain/discomfort after grommets fitted?

(13 Posts)
BoysBoysBoysAndMe Mon 05-Nov-12 21:18:53

Ds1 has just turned 6.

Having grommets fitted in 3 weeks.

What shall we expect afterwards? Any pain or discomfort at all?

Anything we need to be aware of?


ajandjjmum Mon 05-Nov-12 21:28:17

From what I recall, DS had Calpol for the day of the op, but was fine afterwards. I remember on one occasion he had the op in the morning, and was with us planting bulbs in the garden in the afternoon.

Seeing your DC go into surgery is shit, but this really isn't a nasty one! smile Hope it goes well.

BoysBoysBoysAndMe Mon 05-Nov-12 21:39:01

Oh no-that's a thought!!

Dad is taking ds1 as ds3 is due to be born any day so I'll be staying at home with the 2 babies.

Will he be able to stay with him until they knock him out? Don't like the thought of them wheeling him off on his own <bottom lip quivering>

HeartOfDixie Mon 05-Nov-12 21:43:43

Hi my daughter has had grommets and tonsillectomy. After grommets bit of calpol and then no pain / issues etc. And yes they let the parent stay with the child as long as possible as it keeps them calm. In my hospital (London) we went up to the outer theatre room where they give the general anaesthetic and stayed with them until they went under (not a very nice bit I'm afraid for the parent but fine for the kid) and then I was taken to the recovery room so that I was there when she properly woke up.

iwastooearlytobeayummymummy Mon 05-Nov-12 21:48:53

3 of my 4 had it done and recovered very quickly with some calpol but I recall my eldest ( also 6 at the time) hating how noisy everything seemed for a few weeks after eg sticking fingers in her ears when a band was playing in a street entert
ainment thingy. I went down to the anaesthetic room each time and was also in recovery afterwards.I recall them 'being under' for no more than 20 mins In all 3 children the procedure was really successful and no longer term ear trouble.

ajandjjmum Mon 05-Nov-12 21:49:16

Whenever DS has had surgery only one of us is allowed to go into pre-theatre with him, and I have always nominated DH (as I turn into a puddle in the corner!). He has always stayed with him until he was under. But I was very brave in DS's last op (when he was 19!), and I went with him. It proved to be a bit of a distraction, as all I heard was DS saying 'are you crying yet Mum?' as he went under. blush

BoysBoysBoysAndMe Mon 05-Nov-12 21:58:36

I could have your name ajandjjmum as its the initials of my 2 boys!!

Thanks for all your replies.

But my mind at rest a little. Don't think I could watch him being given anaesthesia though-think I'd crumble. Only 1 parent can go with them on the day, and like I said our youngest is due any day now so it will be dad going with him.

Glad to hear there shouldn't be much pain afterwards and good results!!

DeWe Tue 06-Nov-12 09:19:34

Ds did complain of some pain after his second grommet op for about 48 hours. Nothing that couldn't be solved with calpol though. They gave him some after the op when he said his ears hurt.

I've always held him as he's put under, but he hates the mask and the anaesthetist spent ages trying to make it into a game for him (apparently it could blow a balloon up!) before I decided he wasn't going to play and we needed to get it done. sad Once the mask's on it's very quick, but very emotional, and the nurses know that.

RedCabbageNoIdea Tue 06-Nov-12 09:24:00

My 5 yr old had it done 2 months ago and had no pain at all afterwards. Don't worry about the anaesthetic, it's not fun but its over so quickly, my DS was playing a game on my iPad (yes I know that sounds horrendously spoiled!) and was so engrossed the anaesthetist was able to do it without using the mask so it was much less upsetting for both DS and me. Anaesthetist said he wished sll children could have one to play on when he administers the anaesthetic as it ws so good at distracting him. If you have one or can borrow one (or a phone / handheld DS or something similar) I do recommend it!
Hope all goes well for your DS.

RedCabbageNoIdea Tue 06-Nov-12 09:26:48

By the way if you haven't already, get him some ear moulds made some can get used to them before the op - they cost about £20. They are great for bathtime so you don't have to worry about water getting in his ears and causing infection, and for swimming too, which he should be able to do 4 to 6 weeks after the op.

RedCabbageNoIdea Tue 06-Nov-12 09:27:05

So he can get used to them, sorry crap typing

AvonCallingBarksdale Tue 06-Nov-12 09:33:44

DS has had them twice and not experienced any pain afterwards. The play specialist on the ward came down to the anaesthetic room and engaged DS in a Castle Search/Where's Wally type of book. It's really more of a procedure than an op and is over in about 20/30 mins and has fab results. I'd second the ear moulds suggestion. Best of luck to your DS

Theas18 Tue 06-Nov-12 09:35:36

None what so ever and DD2 had 3 sets

THe only " discomfort" was covering her ears on the way home in the car as she couldn't believe the noise the 1st time!

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