Pool Time Is Coming: How To Care For Your Child's Swimmer's Ear

Posted on: 19 April 2017

Summer vacation is just around the corner. If you have children, they're probably getting ready for the swimming pool. If your kids suffer from swimmer's ear, their enjoyment of the water may be seriously curtailed by the discomfort associated with frequent ear aches. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to help alleviate the discomfort so your kids can enjoy the swimming pool again.

Keep Ears Dry

When it comes to swimmer's ear, the best thing you can do is keep things dry. Keeping water out of the ear canal, or getting rid of it as quickly as possible, can help reduce the occurrence of ear aches and infections associated with the swimming pool. Here are three ways to get rid of the water.

Ear Plugs

If your kids spend a good deal of time in the water during the summer, you should have them fitted for ear plugs. Swimmer's ear plugs fit right into the ear, forming a tight seal that prevents water from entering. Your kids will be able to swim comfortably without worrying about water getting into their ears.

Drops

If water does get into your kid's ears, you'll need to dry them out. One way to do that is will natural ear drops that you can make at home. Place ¼ teaspoon each of vinegar and rubbing alcohol into a clean container. Use a clean ear dropper to place a few drops of the solution into each of your kid's ears. The solution will dry up the water and prevent swimmer's ear infections.

Blow Dryer

Ordinary blow dryers are another useful tool for removing water from your kid's ears after swimming. Have your child sit down and place a lightweight towel over their ear. With the temperature set to cool, turn the blow dryer on to its lowest setting and aim the air flow in the direction of your child's ear. Be sure to keep the blow dryer at least 12" away from your child's ear.

See an ENT

If your child suffers from frequent ear infections during the summer, and they spend a lot of time in the pool, you should consult with an ear, nose and throat specialist. Not only will an ENT be able to treat the recurring infections, they'll also be able to develop a treatment plan that will help your child avoid the infections. While speaking to the ENT doctor, be sure to ask about additional things you can do to alleviate the discomfort of swimmer's ear for your child. 

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