Ear Tubes and Water – Boys Town Ear, Nose & Throat Institute

Back when tubes were first being used, which
was actually in the 60s and 70s, since air can go in, we knew water can go in, and
puss can come out if you do get an ear infection with the tubes in, logically we thought we
needed to keep water out of kid’s ears. There was a lot of ear plugs, headbands and
that kind of thing. Studies since then have shown that being a religious ear plug user
or keeping water out of the ears actually doesn’t make a significant difference. Actually, I’ve gone from advising kids to
use ear plugs to hardly ever. Once in awhile there is a child that we will
have use them especially if they’re diving and they don’t like how it feels, but that’s
the exception. So, most times no restrictions on water activity,
no ear plugs. Now that varies a little bit with different ENTs but that’s really what
the studies show at this point.

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