The highlight of a trip for most kids is the promise of a pool at the hotel. A nasty bout of swimmer’s ear is a surefire way to dim their excitement and put a damper on the vacation. But there’s an easy way to prevent swimmer’s ear, as we learned on a family vacation.
We exposed our daughter to swimming the day after she turned six-months-old and she has been a wannabe fish ever since. At our local YMCA, we finally have to divert her to other activities after she has completed the kiddie “dragon” slide to foam mat landing in the pool loop 42 times. She could go all day if we didn’t stop her.
Regardless of our travel destination what our toddler looks forward to most of all is swimming. It could be the swimming pool at the local Super 8 Hotel or the white sands of the Maldives, she wouldn’t care as long as she could play in the water.
Swimmer’s Ear Can Bring Down a Trip
On our first international trip when our daughter was just one-year-old, we learned the hard way about not being prepared to combat a common side effect of time in the water: swimmer’s ear. Only three days into a two week trip, she started tugging at her ear and after a consultation with the local doc in the box conveniently located in a touristy mall, it was determined she had swimmer’s ear, an infection in the skin of the ear canal. It became even more complicated when she had an autoimmune reaction to the infection called HSP she had luckily had once before at home but that is a story for another day. The point of this story is a simple way to prevent swimmer’s ear.
Be Prepared to Prevent Swimmer’s Ear
It’s easy! Before you leave home, add a solution comprised of equal parts white vinegar and rubbing alcohol as well as a medicine dropper to your toiletry bag and then place 5-10 drops into each ear immediately after swimming. Allow the drops to stay in each ear for a few minutes before draining them out onto a napkin or cloth. This will evaporate the water out of the ear and leave the skin inside the ear dry and healthy.
Not only is swimmer’s ear painful for your child but it is also the cause of an itinerary rewrite since while it is being treated s/he has to stay out of the water. It can put a huge damper on theirs and your travel experience. By being proactive and adding two simple things to your toiletry bag, your toddler’s favorite aspect of their vacation will surely be the best yet.
Do you have any other tips of tricks to help prevent simmer’s ear? Leave your suggestions in the comments. Happy Swimming!