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First their suits, then their earplugs

June 14, 2009
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Beach season is here, and all that watery fun can leave children with a serious case of swimmer's ear, an infection of the skin covering the outer ear canal caused by water trapped in the ears during swimming or bathing. It's uncomfortable and painful, two things you don't want to deal with on vacation.

ClearEars earplugs can help parents avoid the problem. Made of an FDA-approved polymer that absorbs water from the ears, ClearEars provide relief in 5 to 10 minutes. More travel-friendly than ear drops, a package of five pairs costs about $7 at CVS and other drugstores, and online at www .clearears.com.

LYLAH M. ALPHONSE

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