Suction Clearance / Examination under Anaesthetic (EUA) of the Ears Advice for Parents

Patient Experience

  • Reference Number: HEY1076/2022
  • Departments: Day Surgery (DSU), Paediatrics
  • Last Updated: 1 October 2022


This advice sheet has been produced to give information and advice to parents of children having had suction clearance / examination under anaesthetic (EUA) of the ears. It is not meant to replace discussion between you and your child’s doctor.  If after reading it, you require further explanation please discuss this with the relevant person who has been caring for your child.

Your child’s consultant is _________________________

Surgery performed by ___________________________

Should you need any further help or advice, please telephone:

Acorn Ward, Women and Children’s Hospital HRI

Telephone (01482) 382609 or 382679


The consultant may wish to see your child again a few months after the procedure, if so an appointment will be sent through the post.

Eating and drinking

Your child can eat their normal diet.

School / Nursery

Your child will need to be off school or nursery for one to two days. If you feel that your child needs a little longer to recover we are happy for you to use your own judgement.  Your child will not be able to go swimming for two weeks.

After the Procedure

A blood stained discharge may occur for two to three days after suction clearance, this is not unusual. If this discharge becomes excessive, yellow or your child becomes feverish or unwell you will need to see your doctor as a course of antibiotic drops may be required.

Pain relief

There may be a certain amount of discomfort after procedure, this is normal. This should settle within a couple of days and resolve completely within a couple of weeks. We recommend that for the first 24 ~ 48 hrs you have a supply of paracetamol syrup and / or Ibuprofen available. (Ibuprofen may not be suitable for asthmatics)

General Care

Never use cotton wool inside the ear canal and only clean the outer visible part of the ear. Cotton buds can cause damage to the inside of the ear.

When using cotton buds avoid cleaning inside the ear canal and only clean the outer visible part of the ear.  Cotton buds can be damaging when used incorrectly.

Information about your child

We collect and use your child’s information to provide your child with care and treatment.  As part of your child’s care, your child’s information will be shared between members of the healthcare team, some of whom you may not meet.  Your child’s information may also be used to help train staff, to check the quality of our care, to manage and plan the health service and to help with research.  Wherever possible we use anonymous data.

We may pass on relevant information to other health or social organisations that provide your child with care.  All information is treated as strictly confidential and is not given to anyone who does not need it.  If you have any concerns please ask your doctor, or the person caring for your child.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 we are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information we hold about your child. For further information visit the following page: Confidential Information about You.

If you or your child’s carer needs information about your child’s health and well-being and about your child’s care and treatment in a different format, such as large print, braille or audio, due to disability, impairment or sensory loss, please advise a member of staff and this can be arranged.

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