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How to Remove Water Trapped in Your Child's Ears

How to Remove Water Trapped in Your Child's Ears
10 June 2014 1952 Views No comments

With the promise of gorgeous weather this summer, you're probably already planning on spending some quality time with your children at the beach or your local swimming pool. While there are a number of things to consider when you are enjoying the water, some issues can come home with you.

If your child is spending a lot of time in the water, you could find that they get water trapped in their ear canal. This is a really common issue, but if left untreated it can lead to ear infections or 'swimmer's ear'.

It is important to remember to remove the water as soon as possible in order to avoid infections. This may be as soon as your child gets out of the water, or when you become aware of the issue later on.

Both children and adults can get water trapped in their ear canal, and there are several ways to get rid of it that are suitable for all ages.


The easiest method to get water out of the ears is to have your child shake their head as soon as they get out of the water.

Get them into the habit of having a shake after they get out of the pool, sea, shower or bath, as the force of the movement usually does the job.


After getting them out of the water, use a clean towel or cloth to remove any water around the ear.

You can also do this with a hair dryer on the lowest setting, although some children can find this uncomfortable.


If you don't discover that your child has water in their ears for a some time, it can be harder to get rid of.

In this instance, use an antiseptic ear drop solution or rubbing alcohol. Have your child rest their head so that their ear is facing upwards and put a few drops into the ear.

Gently massage around the edge of the ear canal opening – this will wiggle the canal around to get the solution through the whole thing.

Let the ear drops sit for a few minutes before getting your child to tilt their head downwards – make sure that you have a towel in place.

Gently pull their earlobe down slightly to open up the ear canal and get them to give their head a little shake. This will help to drain all the liquid out of their ear.

Finish off by using a towel or cloth to dry around the ear (or a hairdryer) to ensure that you have gotten rid of all the water.


If in doubt, take your child to the doctor to get checked out. You should also do this is their ear feels hot or sore after removing the water, as this could be a sign of an infection.


A swimming cap would help avoid this, but may not always be practical. An alternative is the Konfidence Aquaband, which is a little easier to fit and less cumbersome. This works as a splashguard to stop water getting in their ears no matter how much they splash around. As well as covering the ear, the Aquaband also comes with mouldable silicone earplugs to provide complete protection.

This can provide you with added peace of mind and help to avoid any problems with your child's ears.