Summer is known for splashing pools, grilling out and family vacations! But it’s not very fun when your child is diagnosed with ear infections such as swimmer’s ear. Sometimes it’s hard to know if your child needs swim ear plugs and what types are the best. Read the article below for more information on kids and swim ear plugs.
For many families, splashing in the backyard or community pool or heading to the nearest beach to cool off in the water is a major part of summer fun. Before you get your pool passes for the season, find out about how to protect your children’s ears when they start enjoying time in the water. Swim ear plugs are often the best solution, but how do you know if your child needs them and what types are the best?
For children with recurrent ear infections such as swimmer’s ear (otitis externa), infections of the middle ear (otitis media) or ear tubes, the best bet is often to swim ear plugs. These custom plugs keep ears dry preventing water containing harmful bacteria to get trapped inside the ear.
Many doctors recommend swim ear plugs for children that have ear tubes. Ear tubes are small cylinders that have been placed through the eardrum in the case of recurring middle ear infections in order to allow fluid to drain. Other doctors recommend regular use of swim ear plugs only when diving or swimming in untreated water, such as lakes, rivers, and oceans.