How can I prevent my daughter from getting swimmer’s ear?

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Swimmer’s ear, also known by its medical name ‘otitis externa’, is incredibly common among children. This is especially the case for those who spend a lot of time swimming, resulting in water that sits inside the ear canal. First, the child feels some irritation in the ear, but an ear infection is the final result.

You can prevent swimmer’s ear, but it involves some equipment that your child might not enjoy using – bathing caps and earplugs. The goal is to keep the ear canals away from the water. If these items simply won’t work, make sure that your child is at least tipping her head after leaving the pool to allow water to drain.

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