Although the fluid doesn’t usually cause pain, sleep disturbance is often reported by parents.
The best treatment for glue ear is time. In most children, episodes of glue ear get better without active treatment. For this reason, your family doctor may simply recommend regular appointments for up to 3 months so they can check your child’s ears.
If your child has fluid in the space behind the eardrum for more than 3 months, treatment options include:
This may be an option if hearing and development are normal. As children grow older they are less likely to have glue ear because their Eustachian tubes get bigger and work better. The Eustachian tubes connect middle ear of each ear to the back of the nose.
Regular reviews by a health professional are necessary during this period.
Grommets (tympanostomy or ventilation tubes)
Grommets are tiny tubes that can be inserted into the eardrums to treat conditions that affect the middle ear, such as recurrent middle ear infections and glue ear. Glue ear, also known as otitis media with effusion, is a persistent build-up of fluid in the middle ear that can cause hearing problems.