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Home Instructions After Placement of Ear Tubes

Small tubes have been placed in the ears to allow the air space behind the eardrum to drain.  This area is called the middle ear.  Initially some drainage may be noted coming out of the ear canal, but this should stop in a day or two.  The drainage may be bloody.  If this should happen, just clean the outer ear with a moist washcloth or Q-tip.  You have been given some ear drops to use as directed.  Should drainage occur in the future, you may start putting 3-4 drops in the affected ear three times a day.  If the drainage has not stopped in several days call the office for further instructions.

A child may run a low grade temperature for the first 24 hours after the procedure and may be fussy.  Just give some Tylenol to help control this.  The main challenge is to keep the ears dry.  A cotton ball coated with Vaseline placed in the bowl of the ear will help keep water out when bathing.  Other types of ear plugs and ear bands are available for swimming and other water sports.

The tubes usually come out in 6-12 months but this will vary from individual to individual.  Usually the tubes are not felt in the ears.  The ears will need to be checked two weeks after the procedure and then every 3 months thereafter until they migrate out on there own.  Usually when they come out the hole that is left will heal itself.  Rarely this hole will not heal and may need to be closed surgically.

Should any other questions arise feel free to call the office.
 
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