Tympanoplasty/ mastoidectomy

Also known as: tympanocentesis

If a child with an ear infection has a bad earache, a doctor may perform tympanocentesis, a procedure that involves using a needle to remove fluid from behind the eardrum. It helps ease pain.

The fluid is sometimes sent to a lab for testing. A culture and sensitivity test may find out what is causing the infection. Then your doctor can choose the antibiotic that will work best for your child.