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How can ear tubes help in treating children with otitis media?

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If the problem doesn’t go away and seems to be affecting your child's hearing, your pediatrician may suggest your child get these tubes. These allow fluid to drain, and they can help prevent infections. If your pediatrician thinks your child needs them, she’ll refer you to an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor, also called an otolaryngologist. Your child will need minor surgery to get the ear tubes put in. In a hospital, he’ll get medicine so he'll be asleep during the operation, but he should be able to go home when it’s over.

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Treatment of Hearing Loss in Children." 

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Communications Considerations for Parents of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children," "Your Child's Hearing Development Checklist," "Has Your Baby's Hearing Been Screened?" 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Children and Hearing Aids," "Causes of Hearing Loss in Children," "Effects of Hearing Loss on Development," "Cochlear Implants."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on June 21, 2018

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Treatment of Hearing Loss in Children." 

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Communications Considerations for Parents of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children," "Your Child's Hearing Development Checklist," "Has Your Baby's Hearing Been Screened?" 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Children and Hearing Aids," "Causes of Hearing Loss in Children," "Effects of Hearing Loss on Development," "Cochlear Implants."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on June 21, 2018

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