Every summer families all over the country, including mine, head to the pools and beaches to cool off. This is also closely followed by an increase of outer ear infections often referred to as swimmer’s ear.
Swimmer’s ear occurs when water gets trapped in the ear canal after swimming and can even happen while bathing. Water is loaded with bacteria can irritate the ear drum and the ear canal. The bacteria in this trapped water will multiply and then fester until it causes pain.
Preventing swimmer’s ear is quick, easy, and painless. All you need to do is make and use your own Swimmer’s Ear Drops. While it’s not a cure for an existing ear infection, it will help you prevent the next one.
The ear drop recipe we use was given to my mother-in-law by an old country doctor. Dr. Robinson was my husband’s pediatrician (and mine as well) and was a gentle natured but no-nonsense type of man. The renowned Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician and parenting expert, also advises parents to make and use Swimmer’s Ear Drops as a way to prevent an external ear infection.
Homemade Swimmer’s Ear Drops Recipe
1/2 White Vinegar
1/2 Rubbing Alcohol
Mix equal parts white vinegar and rubbing alcohol in a small bottle with a dropper lid.
How To Use Your Homemade Simmer’s Ear Drops
Simply drop 3-4 drops of your vinegar and rubbing alcohol mixture into the ear, enough to fill the ear canal. Waite about 30 seconds, then cover your ear with a Kleenex or paper towel, tip your head and let it drain out. Repeat with the other ear.
Important Note: If you or your child already have an ear infection do not use these drops as it is not a treatment and the rubbing alcohol will cause pain in the already affected ear.
If you have a younger child and are worried about the sensitivity to their ears you can make your mixture with a little more white vinegar and less rubbing alcohol. It is the vinegar that kills bacteria while the rubbing alcohol dries the water in the ears.
I have personally used these drops with both of my children. The earliest we started the drops were at 3 months of age and continue to use them whenever the boys get water in their ears either after swimming or bathing.
Does your family use these homemade swimmers ear drops?
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