Your pediatrician or ENT specialist may recommend an ear ventilation tube (vent tube) for your child to help treat ear infections that keep coming back or that last a long time.
A vent tube is a tiny tube that is put into your child's eardrum. It helps drain fluid from the middle ear to lessen the risk of ear infections.
Each year, close to 1.1 million vent tube procedures are performed. Most of these are for children between 1 and 3 years old. Out of these 1.1 million procedures:
Vent tubes may be recommended if:
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