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Life After Ear Tube Surgery and the Struggle of Giving Ear Drops

Disclaimer: This blog post is sponsored by Otonomy, Inc., makers of OTIPRIO® (ciprofloxacin otic suspension)

Does this sound familiar? You’ve had it with your baby getting ear infections or fluid in the ears, and the crying and misery that comes with it. You’ve tried multiple rounds of antibiotics, all different kinds, including oral and topical. Regardless, the ear infections return and you’re at your wits end. Your pediatrician refers you to an ENT (ear, nose, and throat doctor), and he or she suggests ear tube surgery for your child.

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You hear the word surgery, and of course you panic— because it’s surgery! You’d never want your child to go through surgery!

Your mind races, but your ENT doctor is extremely thorough in explaining this common and quick procedure, which is performed under general anesthesia. Now that the surgery is over, it seems there is nothing to worry about.

But wait, after the surgery you’re expected to administer antibiotic ear drops? In your child’s ears? Multiple times a day over many days?

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You now wonder how you’re going to deal with the struggle. Seeing your child upset, or uncomfortable can be heartbreaking. When you’re the one making them cry, (giving them medicine or drops they don’t like), it’s even worse because you’re responsible for the discomfort.

Instead of bringing home antibiotic ear drops that are administered a few times a day, ask your doctor about OTIPRIO, also known as ciprofloxacin otic suspension. OTIPRIO is a prescription antibiotic medicine for children 6 months and older, that is put in each ear by the ENT during ear tube surgery, to treat otitis media with effusion (fluid build-up of the middle ear). Using OTIPRIO may help to alleviate the burden of you, the caregiver, administering ear drops at home. 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. Consider asking your child’s doctor about OTIPRIO.


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That way, once the surgery is over, you can focus on your child’s recovery!

Has your baby had ear tube surgery? What was your experience like? Share with us in the comments below!


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