Water should not be allowed to enter the ear, since this may cause an infection. Underwater swimming, as well as jumping and diving into the water, is not encouraged. Otherwise swimming is allowed, as long as earplugs are used. If your child does not feel comfortable with earplugs, he or she will be allowed to swim in clean chlorinated pools, or the ocean, without them. Swimming in lake water, which is usually more likely to be contaminated, is discouraged without earplugs. Either earplugs or cotton with Vaseline on it must be used when taking a bath or washing the hair. Also, if your child does get water in his or her ear, he or she might develop drainage from the ear canal and could need treatment with eardrops. Please call your child's doctor if this happens.
Ear drainage may occur immediately after the procedure or at any time while the tubes are in place. If drainage lasts for more than two days or smells foul, further treatment may be necessary. Your child's doctor or nurse should be contacted for instructions.
Ear popping, cracking, or pain when burping, yawning, or chewing might occur following insertion of the tubes. This will disappear as the ear heals.