If you and your little ones are have some splashing good fun this summer, there's not much need to worry...
If you and your little ones are have some splashing good fun this summer, there's not much need to worry about swimmer's ear, unless your child is already prone to ear infections. Swimmer's ear is basically an infection that can develop in the outer ear canal. It's usually caused by bacteria that lives and or thrives in water - hence "Swimmer's ear." Studies regarding kids and swimmer's ear show that most kids are going to be just fine so long as you make sure their ears are dried well (i.e. patted dry) after swimming, or playing in the water. Research says that kids who frequently get ear infections may be more likely to get swimmer's ear, but it doesn't mean you need to stay clear of water. After swimming you can mix up a solution of equal parts white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Use a small ear dropper and drop a few drops of the solution into your little one's ears. This can help to minimize the water left in the ear (it helps evaporation). You should ask your child's doctor if this home remedy is right for your child. If you notice any ear tugging or if your child's ear/s hurt after swimming, there may be an infection (usually indicated by pain) so see the doctor.

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