Ear infections in young children are common, often leading to the need for ear tubes. To help parents better understand the process, Dr. Maithilee Menezes, Otolaryngologist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, shares what to expect with ear tube placement in children. While ear tubes do not prevent all ear infections, the goal is to reduce symptoms and to make it easier for treatment. Most tubes last about one year, when the ear naturally pushes them out. If you are considering ear tubes and have concerns or questions, reach out to your pediatrician or contact St. Louis Children’s Hospital.