Are you children avid swimmers in the summer? Although the pool is a nice place to cool off, it may come with some risks. Did you ever think about the potential of your child contracting swimmer’s ear? This is a common issue that can arise when ear health is not monitored properly. Therefore, ensure your children are having fun and are not miserable this season with the right safety measures.
Are you wondering how to prevent swimmer’s ear from starting in the first place? This infection could strike at any moment, but the following tips can help prevent severe cases or it from coming at all:
• After being exposed to moisture from swimming or bathing, you must dry their ears thoroughly. Start with the outer ear by using a soft towel. Then, tackle the inner ear by tipping their heads to get the water that may have been left behind out of their ear canal.
• The highest risk of swimmer’s ear can be found in a lake or public pool. If you bring your kids to these spots, make sure to watch out for signs of high bacterial counts and don’t swim on those days.
• Your children are probably curious, and may pick up items not meant for playing with. If they have something small enough to put in their ear, like a paper clip or hair pin, take it away. If they attempt to put this in their ear, they could infect the inside with a cut, and with pool water combined, they won’t be happy.
• If you child has recently had an ear infection or surgery near the ear, tend to the current issue. You don’t want to make the problem larger by letting them swim. Make sure their ear is fully healed and get a doctor’s opinion before letting them enter the pool again.
At Anchor Insurance Agencies, we hope these tips will help your children have a safe, stress free summer. The last thing they want to do is sit inside with an ear ache when all their friends are outside swimming. Monitoring your child’s health during the summer is an important role for you to play. Taking the right precautions around the pool can promote safe play and a memorable season for the whole family.