Pain - usually mild and short term and typically responds to Tylenol or Motrin. Severe pain several days after the procedure means you should contact us.
Drainage - blood or pus coming out of the ear in the week after the procedure is normal. Use the ear drops as directed. After 7 days of drops if still draining then contact our office.
Postop appointment - typically a few weeks after surgery - this is important to make sure the experience was OK, that the tubes look good, and to give instructions moving forward. On a first set of tubes we also obtain a baseline hearing test.
Again it is typically OK to get water in the ears with ear tubes - the two general rules are: 1) if the water is safe enough for your child to be in, it is safe enough to get in the ears, 2) if your child doesn't like the sensation of water in the ears with ear tubes, then don't get water in the ears.
Ear tube removal and patch
Pain - usually mild and short term (ear popping is normal too) - responds to Tylenol or Motrin. Severe pain - contact our office.
Drainage - a small amount of blood is OK. Pus coming out of the ear might mean an infection developed - probably should contact our office.
Postop appointment - typically 4 weeks after surgery. Need to make sure all went well and that the ear drum healed.
Very important - keep the ear that had the patch DRY!!