Kids’ Ear Health Guide for School Holidays

A Guide to Good Ear Health

During school holidays, children enjoy more playtime and travel, but these breaks can pose challenges for their ear health. Here are key tips from the Kids’ Ear Health Guide:

Swimmer’s Ear

Children might spend longer periods swimming in pools, lakes, or oceans. This can lead to “swimmer’s ear” or otitis externa, an infection of the outer ear canal caused by water remaining in the ear, creating a moist environment that aids bacterial growth.  Ensure your kids protect their ears from water with ear plugs or dry the ears well after water play.

Air Travel

Changes in altitude during flights can cause discomfort. Learn ear equalisation techniques before traveling.  The Ear Nurses can teach your kids some simple techniques to equalise ear pressure, and encourage measures such as yawning or chewing gum, to provide relief during flights.  Visit The Ear Nurses before you embark on your journey.

Increased Screen Time:

Limit screen time to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. Take breaks and maintain moderate volume levels. Listening at high volumes for a long time can contribute to noise-induced hearing loss.  The Ear Nurses can educate your children on the importance of maintaining moderate volume levels and taking regular breaks from screens to safeguard their hearing.

Foreign Objects:

Younger children, in particular, might insert small objects into their ears out of curiosity, which can cause pain, infection, or hearing damage if not addressed promptly. If you are concerned your child may have a foreign body, call The Ear Nurses today.

Increased Exposure to Loud Noises

Holidays often mean more time spent at crowded places, events, or parties where music and noise levels can be high. Prolonged exposure to loud noises can lead to temporary or even permanent hearing damage. Be aware of these events and encourage earplugs.

Wax issues

Contrary to common belief, ear wax issues are not exclusive to older individuals; children of all ages, including toddlers and teenagers, can experience problems related to ear wax build-up. This accumulation can gradually reduce hearing and affect communication. Regular checks and proper ear-cleaning techniques are vital for managing wax build-up. For a comprehensive ear health assessment, consider consulting with professionals like The Ear Nurses, the experts in ear cleaning and wax removal.

By adopting the preventive measures outlined in our Kids’ Ear Health Guide and seeking advice from our nurses, you can help them navigate the school holidays without compromising their ear health. Regular ear assessments, proper ear cleaning, and timely interventions for any ear-related discomfort or issues will ensure your child enjoys a holiday that is both fun and free from ear health concerns.