Water in the ears can lead to discomfort or infections, so wearing swim caps or earplugs and tilting the head after swimming can help prevent this. Ear infections are common in children who spend a lot of time in pools, and signs include pain, itching, swelling, and fluid drainage. Prompt medical attention is necessary if an ear infection is suspected. Parents should prioritize pool safety by supervising children, learning CPR, teaching swimming skills, establishing pool rules, using safety equipment, and practicing sun safety. Overall, it is essential to understand the connection between ears and water, take necessary precautions, and follow pool safety guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable swimming experience.
With more than 3 million annual US cases, ear infections are a common illness. What gets less attention is the 80% of children who contract ear infections before the age of 3.