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Your child had a procedure called tympanoplasty, which can repair a damaged eardrum, stop infection, and improve hearing. Here's what you need to know about home care following this procedure.
Call your doctor right away if your child has any of the following:
Increased redness or swelling around the ear
Foul-smelling drainage from the ear or the incision
Double vision or blurred vision
Fever above 101.0°F (38.4°C)
Expect a small amount of drainage from the ear.
Don't be alarmed if the skin of your child’s outer ear is numb. This is a result of the surgery. The feeling should return within a few months.
Keep your child’s head slightly elevated for the first 24 hours after going home.
Help your child to avoid anything that makes the ears pop.
Discourage your child from blowing his or her nose. Don’t allow your child to hold the nose closed.
Show your child how to sneeze with the mouth open.
Allow your child to shower as necessary, starting 3 days after surgery. A tub bath is allowed as long as your child doesn’t put his or her head in the water.
Keep the ear dry. You can place a cotton ball dabbed with a small amount of petroleum jelly in the outer ear to keep water out during a bath or shower.
Give your child medication exactly as directed.
Make sure your child avoids activities that involve heavy lifting and straining.
Get your doctor's permission before allowing your child to fly in a plane or before swimming.
Make follow-up appointments as directed by our staff. Your child’s ear has special packing material in it. Parts of this material may need to be removed at specific times.
Ask your doctor when your child may return to school.