Seeing LOTS of cries (literally) for help with swimmer’s ear…. Cassandra has had this several times and we’ve come up with some helpful things for her. Hope they help you and/or your little ones!
Prevention: Rubbing alcohol in the ears after every time they swim (I see recommendations for earplugs, but I don’t like that idea for several reasons… if your kids will wear them, go for it!).
Beginning of swimmer’s ear with minor pain : alcohol to dry it out and vinegar (equal parts, a drop or two of each) to combat the (typical) fungus/bacteria – usually it’s not bacterial. But alcohol kills bacteria and vinegar kills the fungus.
Very painful (no time to go to doctor or wanting to avoid a doctor’s visit): all of the above, and a warm (NOT HOT) sock full of salt will soothe and get the last of the water out! Either lay it over the ear or lay with the sock under the ear. And pain reliever (ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory so it’s probably going to be the most helpful for this pain), of course. For the pain, you can also do homeopathic ear drops.
Will the alcohol sting the very sore ear? I don’t know. My kids have never complained of it stinging, but it seems like it could potentially sting. Let me know what you’ve experienced!
**Disclaimer: I have to add….. any time your kiddo has pain that’s unrelieved by trying these suggestions, has “icky” drainage from the ear, a fever, swollen glands, or just doesn’t seem “right”, consult a doctor. These are just suggestions for mild to moderate swimmer’s ear and not more serious problems like an inner ear infection, etc. 🙂