Ear Drops for Some Ear Infections
    September 15, 2006
    Ear Drops for Some Ear Infections

    If fluid from the middle ear space is draining out of the ear in a child with an acute ear infection (acute otitis media), there must be an opening in the eardrum - the air-tight membrane that separat…

    Ear Tubes and Hearing
    December 19, 2005
    Ear Tubes and Hearing

    As many as 700,000 children each year in the United States have ear tubes placed surgically to treat chronic and recurrent fluid behind the ear drum (otitis media with effusion, or OME). A study in th…

    Ear Tubes and Development
    August 7, 2003
    Ear Tubes and Development

    We know that fluid behind the eardrum decreases hearing in children as long as it is present. We also know that the first 3 years of life are a very important time in a child’s development. The ques…

    PE Tubes
    January 13, 2003
    PE Tubes for Ear Infections

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The average length for most types of PE tubes to stay in is about nine months, but this length varies depending on the kind of tube used. They sometimes stay there a good bit long…

    The Tubes Are In -- Now What?
    May 10, 2002
    The Tubes Are In — Now What?

    The American Academy of Pediatrics established in 2002 five guidelines for the care of children who have tympanostomy tubes. The first guideline calls for a follow-up visit within the first month afte…

    Earplugs and Ear Tubes
    March 4, 2002
    Earplugs and Ear Tubes

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The question of earplugs and ear tubes is an interesting one. For years the standard recommendation has been to use earplugs, but there was a fascinating study a few years ago whe…

    An Alternative to Ear Tubes, Steroids, or Antibiotics
    July 31, 2001
    An Alternative to Ear Tubes, Steroids, or Antibiotics

    Ear tube surgery is the most common operation performed on children. The most common reason for the surgery is to treat prolonged fluid in the ear (otitis media with effusion, or OME). An article in t…

    Ear Infections and Ear Tubes
    September 7, 1998
    Ear Infections and Ear Tubes

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Dear Dr. Fitzgerald, Thank you for sharing your concern. Although I have at least two readers review every answer before it is posted, I welcome additional input. It is an honor f…

    Flying After Ear Tube Replacement
    February 25, 1997
    Flying after Ear Tube Placement

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The decision to have ear tubes placed in a child's ears is many-faceted, but with that decision behind you, the decision to fly or not becomes quite easy. (more…)…

    Tonsillectomies and Adenoidectomies for Ear Infections
    November 8, 1996
    Tonsillectomies and Adenoidectomies for Ear Infections

    Dr. Greene's Answer: From the 1930's through the 1960's, tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies were considered routine surgeries. At that time, the tonsils and adenoids were thought to be useless organs…

    Swimming with Ear Tubes
    April 19, 1996
    Swimming with Ear Tubes

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Most parents of children who have had PE tubes placed are happy with the results. They report fewer ear infections, easier clearance when infections do occur, and less worrying ab…