First line treatment of glue ear and negative ear pressure
What is Otovent®?
The Otovent® method is a clinically proven first-line treatment option to help avoid the surgical insertion of a tube into the eardrum. It is a non surgical, drug free treatment for glue ear, and has been recommended by ENT specialists for the last 20 years.
The child inflates a small balloon using their nose, and at the same time equalizes the pressure and relieves the symptoms in the middle ear. Blowing up the balloon helps to open up the Eustachian tube, making it easier for fluid to drain from the middle ear.
Children can use Otovent® at home under parental supervision. It is painless, harmless and takes only a matter of seconds to perform. Otovent® should be used 2-3 times daily until all the fluid has been drained away.
1. Connect the balloon to the nose piece. Hold the round part of the nose piece firmly against the right nostril with the right hand. Press the left nostril closed with the left hand.
2. Inhale deeply, close the mouth and inflate the balloon until it is the size of a grapefruit by blo- wing through the nostril.
3. Repeat the procedure with the left nostril. You will know that the treatment works if the child experiences a pressure increase and/or a “click” in the ear.
If the child does not experience any change:
Repeat step 2, then incline the head slightly forward and turn the head to the right.
Repeat step 3, when the balloon is inflated, try to swallow. Observe that the nose piece should be held tightly against the nostril.
You will know that the treatment works if your child experiences a pressure increase and/or a “click” in the ear.
Note! Maximum 20 inflations per balloon.
Otovent® worked wonders with our 6-year-old’s ear discomfort! Getting that instant relief has meant the world to us.