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Ear Tubes (cont.)

Ear Tubes After the Procedure

Generally, as the child awakens from the anesthesia, the parents return and the final recovery takes place with them present. In most cases, children are discharged as soon as they are fully awake and drinking fluids. Children with special needs or other problems may be kept longer, particularly infants who have other problems.

Prior to discharge the caregiver receives instructions on care, feeding, and activity for the child. The doctor may prescribe antibiotic ear drops (or give those used in the operating room) to treat any residual infection or swelling of the middle ear, most often for two or three days.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/30/2015
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