5. Normal activities can usually begin the same
day of surgery, after your child is fully awake. He or she can return to
school or go on vacation the next day.
6. Avoid getting water in the ears--wear ear
plugs. In a pinch you can use vaseline soaked cotton balls for temporary
plugs while bathing. If bath, lake, or kiddy pool water gets in the ears an ear
infection usually occurs. The prompt use of ear drops may prevent
this. Chlorinated pool water is better tolerated but the child should
still wear ear plugs and avoid getting this water into his/her ears.
7. For your post-op check-up, please call the
office to schedule an appointment, if not given one in the hospital, for a week or two after the surgery. At that
time, the placement and function of the tube will be checked and a hearing test
may be done.
8. Follow up appointments should be made every 3
to 6 months to recheck the tubes and your child's ears. These follow up
appointments are VERY IMPORTANT and will help to follow your
9. The tubes usually stay in the ears between 3
and 18 months but this range may vary widely between patients. The tubes
usually fall out by themselves and can be removed in the doctor's office.
If the tubes are in for more than 3 years, they should be removed by your
doctor. Sometimes returning to the operating room is necessary to do this.
10. The first sign that the tube is coming out is
that it becomes plugged. The eardrum first grows behind the tube,
plugging it, then pushes the tube out. Sometimes bleeding will occur when
this happens. This bleeding is never dangerous. Using the ear drops will
usually stop the bleeding and allow the tubes to come out naturally.
11. If you child develops an ear infection call
your surgeon. He/she will usually prescribe EAR DROPS and an ORAL
Go Back To Ear Tube Placement Information Page
Subscribe To ENTUSA / WAENT
a newsletter for the Ear Nose and Throat Health Care Provider