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    Default Swimming lessons and ear infections..

    If you take your kids to a public pool for swimming lessons do you have any problem with ear infections?

    I am thinking of starting my boys at the local pool soon but keep getting told I'll have a lot of problems with this.

    I can get earplugs for DS1 but DS2 is too little :/

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    Some kids just do. I run a pool and my 5 swim everyday and my 8 year old is the only one who has any issues. He is just prone to them. He wears earplugs from the chemist.

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    Default Re: Swimming lessons and ear infections..

    DS is 16 months and has had a lesson every week since he was 7 months. No ear infections yet.

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    Default Swimming lessons and ear infections..

    DD is 10months and has been to swim lesson 3 times a week since 4 months old. She has never had an ear infection. She goes to an indoor heated pool.

    I also did a lot of swim training and competition as a child and found most ear infections are from water sitting in the ear, not a bug in the water. Kids mainly get ear infections due to laziness drying themselves correctly.

    Just make sure you dry their ears properly after each lesson. There is a product called Aqua Ear but is basically alcohol to dry out the inside of the ear. Would be ok for older kids but not little ones as it can sting a bit sometimes.

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    I haven't heard of this happening. My boys are not prone to getting them, DS1 has had one that needed treating when he was really little. We have never had a problem with getting them from swimming. As above I think it's more if your kids are suseptible to them already. My nephews are pretty sickly kids and they never get them either. So you may be fine.

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    Default Swimming lessons and ear infections..

    I was just going to say aqua ear too. It helps drain and dry out the ear.

    All public pools are tested several times a day for correct chlorine and ph levels and water is sent away once a month or more to test for serious bugs. It is just that some kids are more prone to infections than others.

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    I haven't had problems with my son, beyond what is probably normal.

    I think some people are more inclined to get them though. Like my partner and his sister are very prone to ear infections due to the shape of their ear canals, or something.

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    Yep. It's alot to do with the shape of the ear canal. We find chiropractic amazing for ear infections.

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    DD did get them after I started swimming lessons with her at around 6mths. However, the 'aqua ear' type stuff seemed to help.

    This season she's a lot older (started back at 18mths) and has had no ear infections. She's at a different pool, so I'm not sure if that makes a difference.


 

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