Swimmer’s ear is a common childhood infection where bacteria infect the skin or lining of the ear canal. It most commonly seen after swimming, but it can occur after long showers or getting the ears damp with baths. Swimmer’s ear is more common when the water is untreated (ocean, lakes, ponds). Often the outer ear will be tender when tugged or pushed. We want to see these children with possible swimmer’s ear in the office for an accurate diagnosis. You can help prevent this infection by using swim ear plugs or putting over the counter drops (SwimEar® and AuroDry® are two brands) in the ear canals after swimming (note: these prevention drops should not be used for a child with ear tubes).