Myringotomy and ear tubes: Care at home after the procedure

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A myringotomy is a surgical procedure in which tiny soft tubes are placed in a child's ear to drain fluid. Learn how to care for a myringotomy at home.

Key points

  • Clean your child's ear with a damp cloth. Do not put anything in your child's ear.
  • Talk to your otolaryngologist before you allow your child to swim.
  • Your child may need antibiotic ear drops.
  • Call your family doctor or the otolaryngology clinic if your child's ear gets infected.
Last updated: November 17th 2009