Ventilation Tubes

Your child has undergone placement of ventilation tubes in each eardrum. These are temporary and usually are spontaneously displaced into the ear canals in (6-12) months. We want to see your child at intervals, as least every six (6) months, to check the position of the tubes and ensure there are no problems with them.

Activities should not be limited – except that water must be kept out of the ears. Ear plugs may be used for swimming (please OK this with your doctor) or cotton with Vaseline® for bathing. Bath time is all business and no play while the tubes are in the ears. The child will usually complain of burning pain if water gets into the ears. Call your doctor is this occurs.

Your child may resume normal activities immediately after returning home. A small amount of bleeding is normal the day after surgery.

Call Your Doctor If:

  • Severe Pain Occurs
  • Drainage Occurs from the Ears (watery mucus or blood), but not if wax drains
  • Vomiting persists the day after surgery


Please call the medical assistant at (304) 340-2205 with any questions or concerns.

For an emergency, dial (304) 342-0124 and press “1” to designate the call as an emergency, and our trained office personnel will respond to your emergency call.

EN&T Associates

500 Donnally Street, Suite 200
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 340-2200

Monday – Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.