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How long does a child have to wait before going for a swim after ear tube surgery?

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In brief: Protect

As long as the tubes are in you must protect the ears.
You may want to have ear plugs made for your child.

In brief: Protect

As long as the tubes are in you must protect the ears.
You may want to have ear plugs made for your child.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Depends

The tubes open a pathway into the middle ear that is normally closed.
That would allow water where a kid swims to enter the important space containing the delicate ear bones.Avoiding intrusion of germs into that space is important, so swimming is not a great idea while tubes are in place.Some ENT's are not concerned about regular chlorinated pools, but lakes or ponds are a no no.

In brief: Depends

The tubes open a pathway into the middle ear that is normally closed.
That would allow water where a kid swims to enter the important space containing the delicate ear bones.Avoiding intrusion of germs into that space is important, so swimming is not a great idea while tubes are in place.Some ENT's are not concerned about regular chlorinated pools, but lakes or ponds are a no no.
Dr. James Ferguson
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