Can I Prevent Ear Infections When My Child Swims?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-QA-enHD-AR1.gifFind out what the experts have to say.ear infection, swimmer's ear, swim, otitis externa, water, infection, swimmers ear, water in the ear12/02/200311/14/201911/14/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD11/11/2019d9ee4200-b077-41a5-9d1b-22d80cb27d41https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ear-infections-swimming.html/<p><em>My daughter swims year-round and has started getting swimmer's ear. Can we prevent these infections?<br /> </em>&ndash; <em>Jovana</em></p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/swimmer-ear.html/">Swimmer's ear</a>, or otitis externa, is common in kids&nbsp;who spend a lot of time in the water. Water can sit in the ear canal and lead to irritation and infection of the outer ear.</p> <p>The good news is there are ways to help prevent outer ear infections. Your daughter can:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Wear a bathing cap or removable earplugs when she swims to help keep the ear canals dry.</li> <li>Tip her head from side to side after getting wet&nbsp;to let the water drain out.</li> <li>Use a hair dryer on a low setting, at least 12 inches away, to dry her ears.</li> </ul> <p>If her ears still aren't drying out, talk to your doctor about using ear drops at the end of a swim. These help dry up the water in her ears and prevent infection.</p> <p>Your daughter&nbsp;should not clean her ears with cotton swabs or put any other objects in her ears. These can scratch the skin and let <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/germs.html/">bacteria or fungi</a> get in. <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/earwax.html/">Ear wax</a> is actually good and can protect against swimmer's ear.</p> <p>Doctors can treat swimmer's ear with antibiotic drops. Your daughter should stay out of the pool while she's recovering. Make sure she uses the antibiotics for as long as the doctor says, even if she feels better sooner. That's the best way to kill the harmful germs.</p>¿Puedo prevenir las infecciones de oído mientras mi hija nada?Opinión de los expertos sobre la prevención de la otitis media en los nadadores.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/ear-infections-swimming-esp.html/d9e17ace-8ca1-4c01-9c72-8dd794c390f7
Dealing With EarwaxEarwax helps protect the eardrum and fight infection. Parents shouldn't attempt to remove earwax at home, as doing so risks damage to the ear canal and, possibly, a child's hearing.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/earwax.html/951981fb-6281-41be-8563-200c9d3d6c87
Ear InjuriesEar injuries not only can affect a child's hearing, but sense of balance too. That's because our ears also help keep us steady on our feet.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ear-injuries.html/6fc83c4f-3990-4df7-8894-4bc49079f617
Eardrum InjuriesA "popped" eardrum is more than just painful - it can sometimes lead to hearing loss. Learn about ruptured eardrums and how to prevent them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eardrums.html/e40e1551-dc7a-461d-b6ef-94c5c366a477
Is Earwax Removal Safe?Is it OK to use cotton swabs to remove earwax?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/remove-wax.html/1d6f462b-a1eb-4bef-9b0b-8cd77296a96d
Middle Ear Infections (Otitis Media)Ear infections are common among kids and, often, painful. Find out what causes them and how they're treated.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/otitis-media.html/e9397262-2aa6-4c43-b09e-1ce26c2ae7da
Swimmer's EarYou swam! You splashed! And now you have it: swimmer's ear.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/swimmers-ear.html/7b0baae5-7667-4ef4-a45c-f759da0d0885
Swimmer's Ear (External Otitis)Swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal that can be caused by different types of bacteria or fungi. Find out how to prevent or treat it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/swimmers-ear.html/e85e0f78-f168-471d-a08a-650ff72eb191
Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)Swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal caused by many types of bacteria or fungi. Find out how to prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/swimmer-ear.html/da79a667-8579-45a4-bb16-268bfd4c4005
What Is an Ear Infection?A middle ear infection happens when germs like bacteria and viruses get in your middle ear and cause trouble. Read this article to find out more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ear-infection.html/86a8006f-2941-43ac-b7fa-3ff5dba7527c
What's Earwax?Why do our ears make earwax? Find out in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/earwax.html/3d67bbd9-cd08-4fda-854f-abff1d1c67a8
Word! External OtitisMany kids have had an ear infection known as external otitis.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-external-otitis.html/f534ccd7-5c1b-4c3d-8a05-891af7deed3d
Your EarsNow hear this! Here's an article about ears. Find out how your amazing ears do their amazing job.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ears.html/0f4e16f5-a934-4961-a1b7-12e8f53619f4
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