Treatment & Care
Treatment usually requires hospitalization and a complete evaluation by a physician who specializes in the ear, nose, and throat disorders (otolaryngologist). Your child, in most cases, will receive antibiotics through an intravenous (IV) catheter. Surgery is sometimes needed to help drain the fluid from the middle ear.
Your child's physician may suggest a myringotomy, a surgical procedure which involves making a small opening in the eardrum to drain the fluid and relieve the pressure from the middle ear.
A small tube may be placed in the opening of the eardrum to ventilate the middle ear and to prevent fluid from accumulating.
- Your child's hearing is restored after the fluid is drained. The tubes usually fall out on their own after six to 12 months.