My son is now almost 3 years old, and we have experience with tubes. From age 6 months till 15 months old he was plagued with ear infections and many other sicknesses, kind of like your daughter. After about the 4th one I started to inquire of my pediatrician about them, but he was against them. A little history. My husband was quite sick like my son as a baby/child and had tubes, so to me it was just logical after having so many episodes. He was either in the hospital, or back at the doctors office with ear infections and sickness every 3-5 weeks. It was miserable as a mom.
At the time I had poor insurance and could only see this one doctor, so I dealt with my son basically living on Antibiotics.
After he turned a year I was able to get different insurance and after having 9 ear infections in a row, 1 lasting over 6 weeks (all of these with deadly fevers, and lots of crying and other sicknesses; At 1 year old my son was only 16lbs)
I went to the new doctor and told him how many infections in the length of time and that he was currently on week 6 of the final one. The doctor didn’t even hesitate to immediately say that he needed tubes. Especially after he looked in my sons ears he said tube is the only answer and they should have been done many months before. All those infections caused scaring on his ear drum which was making it hard for him to hear. We scheduled the appointment for 2 weeks later and as soon as he came back to the recovery room we saw a difference.
With the tubes he could hear better because all the fluid was being drained out. It is now 1 year and 8 months later and I am happy to report he has never had an ear infection since. In the first 24 hours we noticed his crying got quieter (they said it was because he could hear better and it became loud to him) within that first week he was completely better. He has had colds and stuff since, but nothing like before.
You see the difference in doctors was that the 1st was from the old school teaching where you don’t do tubes until they are 2 years or older. Old school doctors just rely on Antibiotics. I however follow more natural and newer medicine that believes to many antibiotics can be bad for you. I believe that if you have a doctor leaning toward tubes, then do it. Now I know I was one of the lucky cases where the tubes are still in this far along. They say they could last as little as 2 months or as long as 2 years. At any rate my husband and I decided that it was worth it even if it only lasted a short time, because that meant there was that much time where my son had time to build up his own immune system without antibiotics. If the doctors recommends it then I say go ahead. My experience has been worth it.