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A 27-year-old female asked:

How many sets of tubes can a child get before doing something different for ear infections?

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Dr. Dwain Rickertsen
Family Medicine 36 years experience
Family practice. : Usually children will grow out of need for further tube placement. F/u with your dr. Low dose antibiotic and decongestant are sometimes helpful. Could be allergies.
Dr. Anna Meyer
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
no set number: There aren't really other treatments besides antibiotics, prevention by not exposing a child to cigarette smoke or limiting daycare attendance, or ear tubes. After a couple sets of temporary tubes that usually last about a year, many ents consider placing more permanent tubes that can last years.

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Last updated Jun 7, 2018

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