Medical concerns no matter how big or small can be completely overwhelming, especially when there is an associated risk of the effect on learning and development. I recently visited the doctors to have my 18 month old vaccinated and was complaining about the fact that he had been sick on and off for months – thanks daycare germs! Whether it’s been a runny nose, rattly chest or cough – there has always been something bothering him. I hadn’t been overly concerned about any of the symptoms, however it got us onto the topic of speech and development. My little guy is a good talker but when he talks it isn’t always clear. I simply put this down to the fact us mothers usually only understand our little ones in the early stages of talking, but then the doctor suggested that it could be related to his colds. She explained that there is a risk of hearing and speech being affected if there is something restricting them. Whilst we didn’t present with any immediate concern of glue ear or ear infections, we are going to keep a close eye on things. I have since spoken with quite a few mums that had experienced glue ear and gone down the grommets path as a result. One mum even went on to say that Grommets had significantly changed her son’s life!