I wasn’t prone to ear infections as a child, but my grandmother always made me put rubbing alcohol in my ears after swimming anyway. Thanks, Granny!
When I started bringing my girls to swimming lessons (at 18 months old), the swimming instructor (who has four children of her own) advised that I treat them after every lesson with a similar homemade solution.
NOTE: This is to PREVENT swimmer’s ear, not treat it. Antibiotic drops and, sometimes, other measures are needed once someone actually has swimmer’s ear.
I made 2 ounces for less than $0.50!
A 1-ounce bottle of The Original Swim Ear drops costs upwards of $5.99 per bottle.
Here’s what you need to make the homemade version:
- white distilled vinegar (1 ounce)
- rubbing alcohol (1 ounce)
- small, clean dropper bottle (I used a travel contact lens solution bottle)
Label the bottle clearly so that it won’t be mistaken as contact lens solution…OUCH!!
After swimming or bathing, put a few drops in your child’s (or your) ear. It will drain naturally. While tilting their heads (and mine) to hold it in the ear canal for a moment I say in a funny voice, “Squishy-Squish.” My girls think that it’s the funniest thing ever. Because they’ve got fluid in their ears, who knows what they really hear. But, I never underestimate the power of distraction.
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