It's Not Always Caused By Swimming

It is possible, however, for children to get swimmer’s ear even if they haven’t been swimming. A scratch or an irritation can also lead to swimmer’s ear.

Swimmer’s ear typically starts with some itching, then leads to tenderness, swelling and pain – especially when touching or wiggling the ear lobe. Your CHKD doctor can give you antibiotic eardrops to kill the bacteria. 

Here are a few tips to help you and your kids avoid swimmer’s ear:

  • Use a bathing cap or earplugs when swimming
  • Always dry your ears with a towel after swimming
  • If you feel water in your ear after swimming, tilt your head so your ear faces down to drain the water out of the ear canal
  • Wait a week to 10 days before swimming again after having swimmer’s ear

Read more about swimmer’s ear or call (757) 668-7500.