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ABR Hearing Test under Anaesthetic

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PastysPrincess Thu 12-Jan-17 22:14:20

My son is having an ABR Hearing Test under Anaesthetic and possibly grommets. Can anyone give me some advice about what it's like and what to expect? He is only 2 1/2 still so small to be having a general!

BalaBot Thu 12-Jan-17 22:24:18

Didn't want to read and run but just dropping in to say my DS had this at age 4 and all was fine.

Am just off to sleep as DS2 is waking lots but will post more tomorrow if no-one else is along to help with any questions you have.

xmaskitkat1967 Fri 13-Jan-17 09:39:26

I don't know anything about the hearing test side of things but my son had grommets put in when he was 2 and it is a very short procedure - he was literally bombing around the waiting room (we didn't have a bed as such a short day procedure) straight after - we just had to wait for him to have a drink and some biscuits before we could go home. Good luck.

Witchend Fri 13-Jan-17 09:52:51

Ds was 20 months when he had his first set of grommets.
He's always been given a bed for grommets (now had them 3 times) and doesn't come well out of the anaesthetic (very groggy and sick for a few hours) so I'm glad about that.
The Usborne book "Going to hospital" is good-it's actually about a small boy having an ear operation.

It's in some ways easier when they're small, they question less. The only time ds got nervous was his last set when he was 6yo.

You'll have a bit of a wait from getting in before he goes down. In that time you'll have the surgeon, anaesthetist (not sure about that spelling!) and various nurses introducing themselves and checking him. You can ask for play therapy if you think it'll help him.

Going down he had to be held down to take the gas at that age. Nothing they could have done, but it's a bit traumatic.
You've then got about 20 minutes-I usually grab some food in that time as it's hard to eat in front of them when they can't eat, and after you're a little busy.
You get called through when they're happy they're awake and okay. You won't be there when they come to-I assumed you would the first time which didn't go down well with ds when he woke and I wasn't. For ds it's quite a time between him waking and them being comfortable to bring me through as he seems to take ages to some round properly. That's the point I find scary.

They wheel him on the bed through to the ward, and then they want them to eat, drink and do a wee (having walked there themselves) before they'll discharge.
Ds is usually sick at some point over that time, which is normal, but does put them on higher alert.
They'll monitor them-Oxygen levels, temperature, Blood pressure etc. The first time his temperature came up quite quickly after the operation so he ended up on antibiotics.
We get home between 4-6hours after the operation, but most of the other children seem to do it in half that time, and they're trying to stop them climbing the walls within half an hour. Ds just goes floppy.

Take a couple of favourite books, a favourite cuddly and comfortable pyjamas.

PastysPrincess Fri 13-Jan-17 19:57:51

Thanks for sharing those experiences; I shall see about getting that book. We were given a link to a video to watch but he wasn't interested as it was just nurses and doctors talking.

I'm just so worried about the general anaesthetic and me not being able to be there when he wakes up. He isn't talking yet which is why he is having the hearing test. I just don't want him to be alone and not be able to communicate.

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