Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Jojo | 2011-03-09

Q.

Swimmers ear

My son who is nearly 6 has been suffering for a month now with swimmers ear. I took him to the GP who couldn''t see anything and then I took him to the ENT last week. On the monday appt it was still tender and he did prescribe some Sofradex (sp) drops and then did some wax removal. When we went back on Thursday he said he was fine. Obviously it''s been hot and back into the water he went this weekend, with swim seal in his ears, silicone ear plugs and swim cap for preventing a reoccurance.
Monday night it all flared up again and he''s in terrible agony again. Short of never swimming again, is there anything else you can suggest? It''s so sad because this child is like a little fish and loves his swimming.

I just hate seeing him in such agony and i''ve been giving him the drops 2x a day and pain meds to help him get through the worst of it.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It seems that the pool that your son swims is not being kept up to adequate hygienic standards as he has had a recurrence of severe swimmers ear. Your son should be treated again with Sofradex drops and may need an antibiotic by mouth again. He should be seen by the eNT again as I am concerned that he may develop a chronic form of this problem and he is oin such pain. You are doing the correct things to prevent a recurrence but should insist that the pool water be properly treated.

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