If ear infections are a frequent occurrence for your little one, your doctor may suggest ear tube surgery. Ear tube surgery can be pretty common among younger children, and can often be anxiety inducing – making life a struggle for the whole family. Since this is something that many of us moms have been through, we want to share with you a few of our thoughts on the process.
It’s fast…like really fast. Generally the doctor is finished with ear tube surgery in about fifteen minutes.
It’s generally harder for mom than it is for kids…we’re the ones that are stressing over the surgery and worrying about our little ones being put under anesthesia. Our kids are usually too young to understand what is going on.
No two experiences are the same…sometimes kids wake up from surgery and are ready for a Popsicle and want to jump on the trampoline. Sometimes kids wake up and then immediately fall asleep again in the car. And yes, sometimes they wake up and have a complete meltdown. You can’t predict how your child will react when they wake up from the procedure, but you can give them lots of hugs and be prepared for all outcomes with snacks, movies, favorite toys, or a “get well soon” gift.
Ear drops after surgery are not the only option…many times after ear tube surgery your doctor will prescribe antibiotic ear drops to be administered, by you, multiple times a day over many days to prevent ear drainage. If you want to avoid forgetting the drops, or wrestling with your child to get the drops in and just focus on your child’s recovery, consider asking your doctor about OTIPRIO, also known as ciprofloxacin otic suspension. OTIPRIO is a prescription liquid-to-gel antibiotic treatment for children 6 months and older, that is administered by your child’s doctor during the ear tube procedure to treat otitis media with effusion (fluid buildup of the middle ear) in both ears. This allows you to focus on your child’s recovery. OTIPRIO may not be for all children as kids who are allergic to ciprofloxacin or products from the same type of antibiotic family (quinolones) or to the ingredients in OTIPRIO should not receive it. There are situations in which OTIPRIO may cause bacteria or fungi that are resistant to antibiotics to grow so the doctor will treat your child’s infection with a different medicine. In the clinical testing of OTIPRIO, the side effects reported the most were swelling of the nasal passages, irritability, and runny nose. Ask your doctor about OTIPRIO to learn more.
Please see full Prescribing Information at www.otiprio.com/prescribing-information.pdf