Caring for your Child after
Ear Tube Removal
What to do
1. Your child can take part in normal activity, as he feels able. If your child is in daycare, he
can return to it the day after the procedure.
2. Diet. Your child may feel sick to his stomach from the anesthesia. Start your child on clear
liquids and advance to solid food as his stomach can handle it. If your child has nausea or
vomiting, start over with clear liquids.
3. Give Children’s Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain relief or fever. Follow the directions on
4. Ear protection as before the tubes were placed or as directed by your child’s doctor.
Your child will be scheduled for a follow-up visit at the ENT Clinic.
When to call your child’s doctor or clinic nurse
Call one of the phone numbers below if your child has:
ξ Persistent nausea or vomiting.
ξ Fever over 101 θ (when taken by mouth).
ξ Ear drainage or discomfort.
ξ If you have any suspicion that your child is not recovering as well as she should.
Pediatric Otolaryngology Clinic at: (608) 265-7760, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
After clinic hours and weekends: The clinic number will give you the paging operator. Ask for
the ENT doctor on call. Be sure to leave your name and phone number with the area code. The
doctor will call you back.
If outside of Madison, call toll free at 1-800-323-8942
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
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 12/2015. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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