Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Parent Hack: Swimmer's Ear Prevention

We swim most of the summer and because of that we have endured swimmer's ear more than once. I used to buy all the pricier name brand ear drops at the store to prevent it. But then I ran across a homeade remedy that works equally as well.

Swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal. This happens when bacteria grows in the ear canal, which is a passageway to the eardrum. A lot of swimming can wash away that wax protection and lead to these wet conditions in the ear canal. A scratch or other irritation to the ear canal can also lead to swimmer's ear.

Here is a recipe for a preventative concoction

4oz rubbing alcohol
2 tsp. white vinegar
4 drops in each ear after each hour of swimming

The Alcohol and the Acid prevent bacteria growth.

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Thanks!!! We are swimming a bunch this year too! Great prevention tips