Swimmer's ear, which doctors call otitis externa, is an inflammation of the external ear canal. It occurs when water gets into the ear—usually during swimming or bathing—and does not properly drain. When that happens, the canal can become irritated and infected, and children will complain of itching or pain in the ear.
In this segment on the Healthy Children show on RadioMD, pediatrician David Hill, MD, FAAP, gives parents advice on avoiding swimmers ear and treating the infection when it occurs.
Segment 1: Swimmer's Ear