Frequently Asked Questions
Swimmer's Ear Prevention

Swimmer's ear is caused by water sitting in the ear canal causing breakdown of healthy skin, allowing bacteria to create an infection. In order to prevent swimmer's ear, it is important to dry the ears completely after swimming. Have your child tilt their head to each side allowing excess water to drain out and dry with a towel. After drying, apply a drying agent such as "Swim Ear" (over the counter) or you can mix your own drying agent (equal parts rubbing alcohol and white vinegar) and put 4-5 drops in each ear.

If pain develops and/or the ear is tender to touch your child should be examined to determine whether or not an antibiotic is needed.