Swimmer’s Ear in Children Explained
Swimmer’s Ear in Children Explained
If your child complains about a persistent pain or an itch in one of their ears, it’s possible that they have the swimmer’s ear. Kids Car Donations explains everything you need to know about this type of ear infection.
What Exactly Is Swimmer’s Ear?
Also known as otitis externa, swimmer’s ear is an inflammation of the ear canal. It is common in kids who spend lots of time swimming or bathing in the water. Excessive moisture inside the ear may irritate the skin in the canal, eventually allowing bacteria or fungi to enter, which will then cause the infection.
What Causes Swimmer’s Ear in Children?
While most swimmer’s ear cases result from infection caused by bacteria or fungi from the water, there are several other factors that may cause the infection.
Anything that causes the skin of the ear canal to break can possibly result in otitis externa. These include:
- Scratching the ear canal frequently
- Cleaning the ear vigorously with cotton swabs
- Placing foreign objects into the ear canal (such as paper clips or bobby pins)
- Too much ear wax
- Eczema or other skin conditions
Who Are At Risk for Swimmer’s Ear?
While no child is immune from an ear infection, chances of having swimmer’s ear are much greater for those who:
- Go swimming for long periods, especially in lake water
- Have skin irritation as a result of allergies or other skin diseases
- Are unable to remove excess moisture in their ears after swimming
- Often use earphones or swimming caps
- Have a narrow ear canal
- Have an injured ear canal
What Are the Common Indicators of Swimmer’s Ear?
Pain in the ear is the primary sign of the infection, although it’s not uncommon for children to experience itchiness first. Others may also feel ear pain when chewing.
As for the appearance of the affected ear, it will look swollen or red, with the lymph nodes becoming larger and tender. In some cases, discharges may come out from the ear canal. While the discharges may appear clear at first, they’re likely to turn yellowish, cloudy, and even pus-like over time.
Muffled hearing is another symptom of the infection, especially if the swelling or pus blocks sound from entering the ear. The muffled hearing and swelling may subside after a few days.
Can I Prevent Swimmer’s Ear from Happening to My Child? How?
The good news is, yes, you definitely can! There are actually many ways to prevent this kind of ear infection, and they’re really simple. Just follow these easy steps:
- Dry your child’s ears well, especially after bathing or swimming
- Let your child use earplugs when bathing or swimming
- Clean your child’s ear canal as gently as possible
- Avoid using cotton swabs in the ears
- Use over-the-counter drops of diluted acetic acid or alcohol into the ears of your child after swimming
How Is Swimmer’s Ear Usually Treated?
Treatment depends on different factors, including the severity of the infection, your child’s general health and age, and the symptoms being experienced. In most cases, doctors may prescribe either antibiotic or corticosteroid ear drops along with pain medications. Oral antibiotics may also be prescribed, especially if the condition has already gotten severe.
As long as you follow the doctor’s orders, your child will be cured after 7 to 10 days of treatment.
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