We were sent to an ENT after pedi tried 2 rounds of antibiotics and 3 weeks of watching him without his ears getting back to looking good. As soon as I expressed my wish to be conservative about his treatment, the whole visit became "tubes vs. speech delay." I had about a million questions, but stopped asking because I was getting really annoyed with his rushed, generic, "why risk your child's development?" answers. My only question was, "but what if he can hear just fine?" Well. He will- because he WILL have tubes.
He also said something that really bothered me- "I would do them right now (3 weeks after his 1st ear infection), if I could convince your insurance it's medically necessary."
Needless to say, we didnt jive. He said to check in with our pedi or him at 7 months and this is "our last chance." My LO responds to whispers, and his ears are getting better, just slowly. ENT swore up and down that it would get reinfected. We went through 2 colds since then, and still no infection. Just fluid.
I know tubes are not a big deal, but putting my baby under is a huge deal to me. A big ol' IV in my baby's arm is a big deal. And paying for half of this out of pocket is a pretty decent sized deal if it's not really all that necessary. I am going to go ask my pedi all the questions I didnt want to ask him and see what he says.
Am I over-reacting or would you feel this is a little over-zealous?