When your child is suffering from an ear infection, it can be difficult on the whole family. Ear infections typically occur in both ears and are usually very painful due to bacteria, swelling and stretching of the ear drum. A fever can also occur and sleeping is often difficult for both the kid and parents.
Your child may suffer from chronic ear infections if he or she experiences more than 4 or 5 ear infections in a year or the ear infection is persistent, doesn’t heal within 90 days. Ear tubes are often recommended, especially if the condition causes hearing loss or affects speech development. Ear tubes help drain the fluid and prevent it from building up.
When inserting the tubes during surgery, we administer a special antibiotic directly into the middle ear. This antibiotic not only reduces the risk for infection but also eliminates the need for parents to give their child ear drops after the surgery.