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 the package.
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:
• Persistent nausea or vomiting.
• Fever over 101° (when taken by mouth).
• Ear drainage or discomfort.
• 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
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Last Updated: 07/03/2012
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