Water in ears!!!

Carika - posted on 11/18/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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How do one get water (after swimming) out of a 4 year old's ear? I'm not allowed to tough that ear... (it's the first time it happens)

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Amy - posted on 11/20/2009

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Put a drop of rubbing alcohol in the ear. It breaks the surface tension of the water and when you tip the head upright all the water & alcohol should run right out. I put it on a cotton ball and just squeeze in a little drop, that's all you should need.

Donna - posted on 11/20/2009

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My doctor suggested 1 part vinegar, 1 part alcohol fill the canal and let it sit for a minute. My son is a swimmer and this has helped a lot. It is hard to get a 4 year old to sit though. He may not want you to touch it because he has an infection. Swimmers ear hurts to the tough, a middle ear infection usually hurts more inside. If you child pulls on the ear lobe and it hurts, I would get it checked.

Gwen - posted on 11/20/2009

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mom used to put a drop of rubbing alcohol in each ear after swimming, as mentioned above. we did it as a preventative measure (even when we didn't have water in our ears). the alcohol also helps dry the ear.

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Laurel - posted on 11/20/2009

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Best way!! I'm glad you asked the pharmacist's advice. They are definitely the ones who knows what each medicine actually does.

Carika - posted on 11/20/2009

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Thank you, i went to the pharmacist and he gave me some drops, only for the pain the water causes, but he also said just to leave it alone...

Laurel - posted on 11/20/2009

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It's best to leave it alone to drain on it's own. Just don't put anything in there, cuz it'll surely cause an infection. got water in my ears frequently when i was little, but it always came out on it's own.

Carrie - posted on 11/19/2009

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Hello....first use your blow dryer and hold it about 15-18 inches from the child's ear and 'dry' for about 5 minutes (if the child will let you). You can also use a medicine dropper and mix equal parts of water and peroxide and drop a few drops into the child's ear. The funny thing about 'swimmer's ear' is that what has happened is the water is behind the ear drum and causing the dirty water that has been trapped to start growing infection. The blow drying will actually dry out the water and the peroxide/water mix will help reduce the infection that is there. You can also do recommended dosage of tylenol to help with pain. The pain is horrendous, but swimmer's ear can be resolved. By the way, if your child has had swimmer's ear then you should probably have them wear ear plugs from here on out at least for this season. :) Good luck!!!!!

Mary Kay - posted on 11/19/2009

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Check with your pediatrician, but they used to make a product called "Swim Ear." You put drops in the ear and somehow the alcohol in the drops helps the water to flow out. Check with the doc. Good luck.

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