Myringotomy with Tubes (Ear Tubes)
A myringotomy is the insertion of small tubes into a child’s ear to help prevent ear infections by draining fluid that gathers in the middle ear. Normally, this fluid would drain with the help of eustachian tubes, but eustachian are small enough in young children that they may not work as well as they will once children have grown. The tubes that are inserted into a child’s ear are made of metal, plastic, or Teflon, and they are so small that they’re difficult to see with the naked eye. Children between the ages of 1 and 3 are the mostly likely to benefit from a myringotomy, and the eustachian tubes in children’s ears have grown large enough by the time they are five years old that they drain any fluid well enough on their own.