Tell the surgeon about any medicines your child takes. This includes prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbs and other supplements.
In an age-appropriate way, tell your child what is going to happen. Use short and simple words to describe the procedure. Tell them why it is being done. Younger children tend to have a short attention span. So talk with them shortly before the surgery. Older children can have more time to understand the procedure in advance. Answer any questions your child may have in a concrete, clear manner. Stress the positive changes that will occur because of the tubes.
Getting ear tubes inserted is normally an outpatient procedure. This means that your child will have surgery, and then go home that same day. Before the surgery, you'll meet with members of your child’s health care team. These people may include:
- Nurses. Nurses help your child get ready for surgery. Surgical nurses help the surgeon during the procedure. Recovery room nurses (or post-anesthesia care unit nurses) care for your child as he or she recovers from general anesthesia.
- Surgeon. This specialist places the tubes in your child’s ear.
- Anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist. This specialist gives sleep medicine (anesthesia) and watches your child during surgery. Follow any directions your child is given for not eating or drinking before the surgery.