• Frequently Asked Questions

    The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s wants to make your experience with our team as comfortable as possible. The following answers to frequently asked questions will help you understand our services and the approach we take to your child’s care:
  • Q: My child has surgery tomorrow. When should she stop eating and drinking?

    A: Patients should not eat any solid food after midnight. They can have clear liquids (apple juice, gelatin, water) until four hours before the time of surgery. Orange juice and formula are not clear liquids, so do not give them to your child during this time period.

    At what point does my child need pressure equalizer (PE) tubes?

    A: Here are some indications that your child may be a candidate for PE tube insertion:

    • Your child has otitis media with effusion that has been present for eight to 12 weeks, in spite of adequate medical therapy
    • Recurrent episodes of acute otitis media (at least four a year)
    • Persistent high negative middle ear pressure associated with one of the following: conductive hearing loss, persistent or recurrent otalgia, persistent or recurrent vertigo, or a retraction pocked of the tympanic membrane
    • Complications of otitis media

    My child has had a few episodes of tonsillitis. When should his tonsils be removed?

    A: Here are some indications that your child is a candidate for tonsillectomy:

    • Seven episodes of tonsillitis in one year
    • Five episodes of tonsillitis per year for two years
    • Three episodes of tonsillitis per year for three years
    • Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome
    • Severe upper airway obstruction (not obstructive sleep apnea)
    • Suspected malignancy of the tonsils

    My child is scheduled for surgery next month. When should I fill out the pre-operation physical examination form?

    A: The pre-operation physical examination form must be filled out by your child’s pediatrician or family doctor. Make an appointment for the examination no more than 30 days prior to the date of surgery. Bring the completed form with you on the day of surgery.

    Should I tell anyone my child is taking medication for seizures?

    A: If your child takes any medications on a regular basis, make a list of them. Include the name, strength and your child’s current dose of each medication. Bring this list with you on the day of surgery. It is not necessary to bring the medication.

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