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Caring for your Child after
Ear Tube Removal and Patch Placement
What to do
Your child can take part in normal
activity, as he feels able. If your child is
in daycare, he may return to it the day
after the procedure.
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.
Give Children’s Tylenol
(acetaminophen) for pain relief or fever.
Follow the directions on the package.
Use dry ear protection including ear
putty to keep water out of the ear(s) until
your follow up appointment with the
No nose blowing for 1 month. If your
child’s nose is runny just have him wipe
it with a tissue instead of blowing.
No airplane travel until checked by your
ENT doctor at followup appointment.
Your child should try to sneeze and
cough with his mouth open for 1 month.
Doing this will reduce the amount of
pressure placed on the healing eardrum.
Ear drops may be prescribed. Your
doctor will let you know the dose.
Your child will be scheduled for a follow-up
visit at the ENT Clinic about 1-3 months
after the tube removal.
When to call your child’s doctor or clinic
Call one of the phone numbers below if your
ξ Nausea or vomiting that won’t go
ξ Ear drainage or discomfort.
ξ If you have any suspicion that your
child is not recovering as well as he
ξ A fever over 102° regardless of the
method used to take temperature
Pediatric Otolaryngology Clinic:
(608) 265-7760, weekdays from 8:00 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m.
After clinic hours and weekends: The
above number will give you the paging
operator. Ask for the ENT doctor on call.
Leave your name, area code, and phone
number. The doctor will call you back
If you are calling from outside of Madison,
call toll free at 1-800-323-8942