consider surgery for children who have repeat ear infections or for those who have
persistent fluid behind the eardrum. Procedures include inserting ear tubes or
adenoids and, in rare cases, the tonsils. For more information, see Surgery.
Treating other problems
Children who get rare but serious problems from
ear infections, such as infection in the tissues around the brain and spinal
cord (meningitis) or infection in the bone behind the ear
(mastoiditis), need treatment right away.