If your child is younger than 2, your doctor may
not wait 3 months to start treatment because hearing problems at this age could
affect your child's speaking ability. This is also why children in this age
group are closely watched when they have ear infections.
Children who get rare but serious problems from
ear infections, such as infection in the tissues around the brain and spinal
cord (meningitis) or infection in the bone behind the ear
(mastoiditis), need treatment right away.
When used along with
other treatments, removing adenoids (adenoidectomy) can help some children with
repeat ear infections.3 But taking out the tonsils
(adenotonsillectomy) is not very helpful.5