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How do I clear earwax from my child's ears?

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I know we shouldn't use Q-Tips, but the only earwax solution I've found is for kids 12 and up, and my kids are younger.
asked Jul 26, 2015 in Kids and Teens by george (4,150 points)
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Ear wax is a product the ear normally produces in order to protect it from infection. This wax is secreted by wax glands that are in the external canal of the ear. Too much of wax can lead to infections and also affect hearing. the infection is caused because bacteria is trapped in the wax. 

 

Ear wax illustration

 

The use of Q tips to remove wax is something that many people resort to, and this is especially dangerous in the case of children, because their canals are very small, and the insertion of the Q tip can cause the wax to be pushed further into the ear, leading to further complications.

You can get hydrogen peroxide or other over the counter drops that can be used for cleaning a child's ears of the wax that has accumulated in it. This must be done with a solution of water and peroxide and allowed to remain in the ear for some time so that the wax does get loosened. Getting children to sit still with ears upturned can be a problem.

the most common method of wax removal from the ear is by using a syringe to irrigate the ears. Quite often doctors use a saline solution for this, and will allow the wax in the ear to be softened, before irrigating it for a second time. This is the  conventional method, but can cause problems if there any other ear problems.

Children can benefit if olive oil or baby oil is regularly put into their ears ad a few drops a week can be of enormous help in maintaining the health of the ear and preventing wax formation.

 

References:- http://american-hearing.org/disorders/ear-wax/

answered Jul 26, 2015 by jayantrow (500 points)
selected Jul 27, 2015 by george

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