Return to normal activities

Most children recover quickly from insertion of grommets. You may choose to keep your child away from day-care, kindergarten and school for 1-2 days following surgery but often they will be well enough to attend. 

General activities can be resumed when your child feels up to it. 

Pain relief 

Children may experience some minor ear discomfort following surgery.  Paracetamol (Panadol) or Ibuprofen (Nurofen) is usually all that is required. Please follow dosage instructions as advised by the manufacturer. 

Should pain relief requirements exceed this, please contact us.


Eardrops are prescribed for 3 days following surgery. This will aid in keeping the grommets open and reduce, but not eliminate, the risk of a post-operative infection. Apply as instructed. 


There are no restrictions on diet. 


It is common to have a milder fever for the first 24hrs after the operation.  Please call Dr Morrissey’s rooms if there is a persistent fever greater than 38.5°C.

Bleeding / Discharge 

On occasion there may be a discharge of fluid or old blood from the ear. This will usually be a small volume and should clear up over a few days.

Grommets & Water Precautions 

Following insertion of grommets, excessive water entering the ear canal may travel through the grommet into to the middle ear, potentially leading to ear infections.

Showering is usually not a problem, however, if bathing then please protect the ears by placing cotton wool coated in Vaseline into the entrance of the ear canal or use earplugs. 

Avoid swimming completely for 2 weeks following grommet surgery.  Beyond 2 weeks it is preferable to use earplugs or a swimming cap / headband to protect the ears from water entry. 

A small percentage of children will develop ear infections.  This will usually feature discharge from the ear and occasionally pain. If your child develops an infection, then please contact the rooms for a review.

For further information, please consult our “Grommets and Water” handout.

Follow Up Appointment 

Please make an appointment 4 weeks after surgery. 

How to contact Dr Morrissey 

For non-emergency issues please call (07) 4632 3179 for further instructions. 

Dr Morrissey shares ‘on-call’ arrangements with other ENT surgeons and one is usually available to answer questions.

Should your concerns not be addressed via a phone call, please present to your nearest Emergency Department. 

In the event of an Emergency call 000 or attend the nearest Emergency Department.