As a parent, you play an important role in your child’s procedure from preparing your child ahead of time to helping to celebrate with them afterwards! Check out the tips for parents below.
Prepare your child: Read the Tula Children’s Storybook together a few days prior to the procedure. Pick out some of your child’s favorite things to bring to the procedure such as a comfort item (stuffed animal, blanket), distraction items (handheld game, video, toy), and snacks or drinks.
On procedure day: Make sure your child is rested and has eaten a snack or meal. Being calm and confident will help put your child at ease. Make sure your child uses the restroom prior to the procedure.
During the procedure: Be specific with praise. For example, “You’re doing a great job sitting up so tall in the chair!” Use your favorite games, songs, and toys to occupy your child. Comfort your child by holding hands, providing a reassuring touch, or using the “bear hug” technique.
Help your child stay calm: Let your child know that it won’t hurt but will sound loud. Help your child to remain relaxed by breathing slowly 3x together. Let your child know this is the last step, and talk about what you’ll do after the procedure.
Celebrate: Let your child know that you are proud of their success in getting ear tubes. Help your child choose a special treat to help them remember the experience positively in the future. You deserve a treat too!
Ask your ENT for a copy of our parent guide for more detailed information.
The Tula System has been demonstrated to be safe and effective in clinical studies. Patients were treated in the doctor’s office without sedation or general anesthesia. Behavior management techniques of distraction with toys and videos, engagement with patient, and age-appropriate communication about the procedure were among the methods used to minimize patient anxiety and distress.3
There were zero serious device, drug, or procedure-related adverse events in the study.3
ENT doctors were able to successfully insert tubes in 87% of the children.3 If the Tula procedure is not successful or cannot be completed, your ENT doctor may reschedule the procedure in the OR.
95% of parents in the most recent study were very satisfied with the Tula procedure.3