Most children have little pain after ear tube placement and usually recover quickly.
Your child will feel tired for a day, but he or she should be able to go back to school or daycare the day after surgery. Your child may want your attention more for the first few days after surgery.
Your child will need to see the doctor regularly to make sure the tubes are working. The doctor also will check your child's hearing.
The tubes usually stay in 6 to 12 months and fall out on their own as the child grows.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for your child to recover. But each child recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to help your child get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: July 29, 2016
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Charles M. Myer, III, MD - Otolaryngology & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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