Caring for your Child after
Myringotomy and Tube Placement
What to do
1. Your child can take part in normal
activity as able; if in daycare, your child
may return the day after the procedure.
2. Diet. Your child may have an upset
stomach from the anesthesia. Start with
clear liquids and move to solid food as
the stomach feels better. If your child
has nausea or vomiting, start over with
clear liquids and move slowly.
3. It is common for children to have slight
drainage from the ear for 1 to 3 days
after surgery. The drainage may be
bloody, clear, or pus-like.
4. Ear drops are prescribed to be given 3
times a day for 3 days. The drops may
be more comfortable for your child if
you hold the bottle under warm tap
water or in your hand first.
5. Give Children’s Tylenol
(acetaminophen) for pain relief or fever.
Follow the directions on the package.
6. Ear plugs are not needed for most
children with tympanoplasty tubes.
There are some situations where your
provider may recommend use of ear
plugs. For example, if your child has
ear pain with swimming or develops ear
drainage after swimming, ear plugs may
Your child will be scheduled for a postop
follow-up visit at the Pediatric ENT Clinic
1-3 months after surgery.
When to call your child’s doctor or clinic
Call one of the phone numbers below if your
child has these symptoms in the postop
ξ Constant nausea or vomiting
ξ Fever over 102 θ F regardless of the
method used to take a temperature.
ξ Ear discomfort lasting more than 3 days
ξ Ear drainage that continues after the
post-operative ear drops stop
ξ If you think that your child is not
recovering as expected.
It is normal for ears to drain from time to
time while tubes are in place. This drainage
tells us there is fluid in the middle ear space.
This could cause infection if not treated.
The drainage may be clear, yellow, white,
green or bloody.
Call the clinic number listed below to report
the first time your child’s ear(s) have
drainage. At that time the nursing staff will
start the process for your child to take
therapeutic ear drops. They will ask for
your preferred pharmacy and set up refills
for 6 months. You will be given specific
directions for how many drops to give, how
many times a day to give, and how long to
give ear drops.
You may treat your child’s ear drainage
without calling the clinic once you have the
prescription for ear drops. Call the clinic
however, if the drainage does not stop
within the time frame on the directions for
Pediatric Otolaryngology Clinic at: (608)
265-7760, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30
After hours and weekends, this number will
give you the paging operator. Ask for the
Otolaryngology (ENT) doctor on call. Give
the operator your name and phone number
with the area code. The doctor will call you
If outside of Madison, call toll-free at: 1-
Spanish HFFY #5420
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
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