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What questions should I ask my doctor if my child is getting ear tube surgery?

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Check with your doctor to make sure you know:

Your doctor also will want to know about:

For adults getting ear tubes, your doctor may have similar questions.

  • How long your child has to fast
  • What liquids are okay to drink
  • If your child can take any medicine beforehand
  • Any medicine your child takes
  • Problems your child or anyone in your family has with drugs used for anesthesia (which make you unconscious so you won't feel pain)
  • Drug allergies your child has

From: Ear Tubes: What to Expect WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Tubes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Ear tubes,” “Ear infection (middle ear).”

Unity Point Health: “Frequently Asked Questions About Ear Tubes.”

National Health Service: “Can I eat or drink before an operation?”

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital: “Preparing Your Child for Surgery.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Tubes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Ear tubes,” “Ear infection (middle ear).”

Unity Point Health: “Frequently Asked Questions About Ear Tubes.”

National Health Service: “Can I eat or drink before an operation?”

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital: “Preparing Your Child for Surgery.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

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