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Why does my child need tubes for ear infections?

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Almost all children have at least one ear infection by the time they’re 5. But if they occur over and over, or if your child has hearing loss because of fluid build-up, your doctor might suggest ear tubes. If other treatments aren’t working, they can provide relief for your child. They also prevent long-term hearing problems.

SOURCES:

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

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

NIH, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, “Ear Infections in Children.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 1, 2018

SOURCES:

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

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

NIH, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, “Ear Infections in Children.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 1, 2018

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