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Swimming and perforated ear drum

(9 Posts)
babybouncer Fri 04-Jan-13 02:53:18

I've emailed puddleducks and they're happy to postpone lessons starting - worth knowing how willing to help they were in such cases, makes that decision a lot easier!

Arithmeticulous Wed 02-Jan-13 08:05:11

DS has a history of perf ears, grommits etc. ENT consultant says no swimming with pus, use ear plugs when not pussy - even in the bath/shower. We have some made by the audiologist but consultant was happy with silicone mouldable ones from Boots- Bio Ears. They are similar to putty buddies.

coldcupoftea Wed 02-Jan-13 07:48:12

I was told 6 weeks. I managed to get my money back from Water Babies after pleading with them!

mumchat Wed 02-Jan-13 07:46:12

If you could see all the germs that are in a swimming pool you'd not even contemplate it.

That was what my GP told me and that was with a six year old. At nine months they don't need swim lessons and certainly don't risk their ears for them. If you explain then most pools will hold the payment for a future date (or offset against a siblings lessons etc) if they won't refund. If not I'd still write it off as ear ache, ear infections and potential temporary hearing loss as so not worth it.

11112222 Wed 02-Jan-13 02:08:00

6 weeks from ear bursting. I got money back from ds swimming lessons.

incywincyspideragain Tue 01-Jan-13 21:31:21

I recommend putty buddies with ear bandz - get them from amazon (or other supplier if you prefer retailer who pays tax wink) used them on ds's when they had grommets
Think main thing is not to let them get wet - any danger of that I wouldn't take her, hearing and ears are too precious

greencybermummy Tue 01-Jan-13 18:30:55

i got some special things from boots for my dds ear after a perforation altho she is 8. they mould into shape of her ear and form really good seal. the Dr recommended a good month to let ear drum heal and not get bugs from pool in. look in section of ear plugs and see what you can find.

NK346f2849X127d8bca260 Tue 01-Jan-13 16:22:15

I was told , but this was many years ago that you could not swim with a burst drum.

Advice may have changed, can you ring your doctor and ask?

babybouncer Tue 01-Jan-13 14:31:34

Dd (9 months) has had a perforated eardrum over Christmas. She's finished her antibiotics and there's no gunk coming out of her ear anymore. How long do I need to wait until I can take her swimming?
The doc didn't mention it and its only now I've realised I just paid £120 for a term of lessons and I really don't want to miss them if I don't have to - especially as these are the last ones we can do before I go back to work- but I also don't want to damage her ear.

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