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My son loves bath time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. Today he was floating and enjoying the warm water, and he discovered that it was fun to put his head back enough for his ears to go underwater. He got a huge smile on his face, and laughed when I talked to him because it sounded funny. Its so fun to watch them experience new things <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.<br><br>
My concern is you always hear not to get water in the baby's ears during baths. This is usually mentioned in regards to newborns and DS is 5 months. Do you think its safe now for his ears to be submerged for a bit? What's the concern with not getting water in the ears? Infection?
 

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I was concerned too an asked my pediatritian (dd is 5 months old). She said a little water is not dangerous but you shall dry those ears with special q-tips for babies after the bath. Would love to hear more opinions though, as I'm still a little bit concerned, lol<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I'm curious too. I was asking my friend Sandy about this the other day and she didn't think it was a big deal. But I thought I read about it being bad somewhere, so I'd rather err on the side of caution. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:
 

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I've been bathing with my ds since he was about 3 weeks old. He has always like floating on his back (w/ my hands under his head and bottom). He turns his head and I let his body float in the direction he turns. His ears always get in the water - I worried at first, but have never had any problems - but I think to be on the safe side I'm going to start putting alcohol in his ears after his bath. He also will get the water in his eyes sometimes - which I really don't like, but since I don't use any soap yet - I guess it's okay - he doesn't seem to care about the water in his eyes, but I'm worried it will dry them out.
 

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lilirose, how old were you when you started using the alcohol drops? Seems an interesting tip.<br>
I wouldn't care about the water in baby's eyes, even if it has a little soap because you can rinse them latter with clear water. It's like swimming in a pool. Not big deal.
 
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