Swimming Ear: Baby Ear Infection

Swimmers ear is often caused by swimming and is classified as an outer ear canal infection. This is a very common baby ear infection, which is seen often during the summer months, because children tend to stay in pools and beach water more during this season than any other.

Otitis Externa is very painful and it has been estimated that nearly 2.4 million visits will be made to physician’s offices, emergency rooms, and minute clinics around the United States (CDC).

Baby Ear Infection Symptoms

  • Edematous, reddened ear
  • Itchy inner ear canal
  • Ear pain
  • Drainage yellowish/greenish pus
  • Pressure in the ear canal
  • Temporary hearing loss
  • Irritability
  • Inability to sleep due to pain

What is Swimmers Ear

When water gets trapped inside the ear canal swimmer’s ear will occur. Germs will enter the ear through the pool water and bacteria will begin to grow, which will result in otitis externa.

Swimmers Ear Home Remedy

  • Over the counter pain medications (Tylenol, Advil)
  • Antihistamines (Benadryl)
  • Home remedy 1 tablespoon isopropyl alcohol and 1 tablespoon white vinegar (only insert 1-3 drops in the affected ear)
  • Mineral oil ear drops

Do not administer these home remedies to children under the age of 2 years old. You should make an appointment with the primary care pediatrician and request a thorough exam, before taking matters into your own hands.

Prescription Drugs for Swimmers Ear

  • Amoxicillin otic swimmer’s ear drops
  • Dexamethasone otic drops (relieve inflammation)
  • Ciprodex otic drops (Ciprofloxacin 0.3% and dexamethasone 0.1%)

Oral antibiotics are not effective in treating swimmers ear, so you should avoid taking them.

Prevention

If you do not want to deal with swimmer’s ear symptoms this summer, you should learn how to prevent it.

  • Bathing caps and ear plug
  • Allow water to escape ear canal, by tilting the head downward
  • While tilting the ear downward, be sure to pull the earlobe back, so the water will be able to drain out of the ear canal easier
  • Use a hair dryer on low heat and low speed to dry out moisture (avoid blowing the air directly into the ear canal, several inches away from the ear is sufficient)
  • Keep the pH levels adequate in your home pool or hot tub (you can do this, by using pH strips)

Children’s Waterproof Earmuffs Swimming Cap Review

If you need a super cool way to keep water out of your child’s ear this summer, you should consider purchasing the Cartoon Waterproof Swimming Cap. This flexible cap is constructed out of  waterproof silicone, with an overlay of PU breathable coating.

The unique design has inner earmuffs will fit perfectly over top of the ears, so no water can enter the ear canal. This cap will work with children that has long hair, as well. The total diameter is between 23-25cm.

The elastic band will also help keep the cap on the head, even when diving or jumping into the pool.