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    Does my son need his grommets reinserted?

    My son is 2 years old and had grommets inserted when he was 1 which were very effective at stopping his recurrent ear infections. Recently he spiked a high fever of 40 degrees and on examination by the GP she said his grommet in his right ear had pushed its way out and that he had an ear infection. Will he need the grommet put back in again? Is 1 year not enough time for them to be in in order for the ear canal to grow longer?
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  • Dr David McIntosh

    Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon

    David McIntosh is an Australian trained ENT surgeon with international experience. His areas of interest are paediatrics, nose and sinus disease, and providing access to … View Profile

    Grommets are designed to come out by themselves. They are basically there to buy time for the ear to establish normal function. As each child will achieve this in their own good time, sometimes children need grommets more than once. There is no way of being sure from your question as to what needs to be done, so you should discuss your concerns with your GP. Also, as an aside, middle ear infections have no relation to growth of the ear canal. 

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