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Looking after your hearing is an essential part of maintaining your health. Today, though, we’re going to take a look at how best you can help your children look after theirs. After all, kids – especially very young ones – won’t necessarily know what’s good for their ears and what isn’t!
The first thing to be aware of is, of course, kids sticking anything into their ears. It may be because they’ve got an itchy, a slight pain or (depending on their age) they simply might fancy sticking something in their ear! If you see your child putting their finger, q-tips or even the odd stick anywhere near their ear, just stop them and explain that doing so can be very dangerous. Indeed, it can risk them doing permanent damage to their hearing.
Make sure they clean properly
General hygiene is, of course, an important part of bringing up any child. Well, ensure that you don’t forget to teach them about ear cleanliness. The first thing is to establish that cleanliness doesn’t mean sticking things in the ear canal itself! Simply ensure that when washing the rest of their face, the kids take the time to clean behind and over the ear. This will help to prevent bacteria getting into the ear canal.
Keep their ears protected
Kids are naturally loud, so your little ones are bound to be exposed to a bit of noise. (Just try keeping the kids at school completely quiet!). If they’re heading to a concert, theatre or perhaps a sporting event, then it’s probably sensible to pick them up a pair of good earplugs or - if they don’t like having earplugs in – some ear defenders. Even the cheapest models will help to drastically cut down the amount of damage the noise is allowed to do.
Be careful when they’re swimming
If your child swims a lot, then it’s important to minimise the risk of them developing swimmer’s ear, a painful condition. We covered swimmer’s ear in quite a lot of depth in a previous piece, but suffice to say that it’s important to ensure that your little ones have some ear plugs or other form of protection in place to help prevent them developing the painful, irritating condition.