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How do you treat swimmer's ear?


If the earache is due to water in your child's ear from swimming, there are over-the-counter ear drops available that may help the ear dry out quicker. One common product name is Swim-Ear®, another is Auro-Dri®.

To be effective, eardrops must be given properly. The first step is to warm the medication (should not be hot). Drops are more comfortable at body temperature. The child should then lie down on his or her side. After washing your hands, gently pull the auricle back in order to open the ear canal. Place the correct number of drops slowly into the ear. Keep the ear tilted upward for at least two minutes so as to allow the drops to enter the ear completely. If symptoms do not improve in one or two days, contact your physician.

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