Shawn Ciecko MD explains how children with tympannostomy tubes can go swimming. He also explains the use of ear plugs for children.
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Interviewer: If you put tubes in and a kid want to go swimming, what could you tell as a prevention in getting any water in the tubes? Interviewee: Different physicians will have different recommendations. Generally speaking, splashing around in the swimming pool or splashing around the bath tub, or getting some water on the hair in the shower usually doesn’t cause much of a problem. When you do submerge the child or if the child wants to dive off the diving board, for instance, that’s when you start to think about wearing your plugs to prevent fluid from entering the ear canal and then going through the tube into the middle ear space. And that pretty expose the child to ear infections. Interviewer: Are there different types of ear plugs? Interviewee: There are. There are earplugs that can be made custom for the child that are called ear molds. Sometimes, this will be made by an audiologist. There are over-the-counter earplugs that are made out of different substances.