Mild or moderate buildup of wax in your baby’s ears is common. Wiping the external parts of the ear with a cloth works as far as cleaning is concerned. However, it might not necessarily work for the inside of the ear. When it comes to cleaning your child’s ears, caution must be taken. You are highly discouraged from cleaning the inside of the ears by inserting cleaning objects. A slight mistake can puncture the eardrum and affects the child’s hearing. Hydrogen peroxide drops, under the supervision of a pediatrician can be used to drive out the wax. This is the most effective way of removing wax from the ears as opposed to using cotton swabs.
In this article, you will find a step by step guide on how to clean baby ears.
Earwax, also known as cerumen comes off as gross. However, it is important when it comes to the health of the ears. Ear wax is secreted by the ceruminous glands found inside the ears. It is excreted for the purposes of trapping dirt, dust and particles that can damage the ear if they get in.
Ear wax, once excreted, travels through the ear canal where it dries out and finds its way outside the ear where it is washes away. Sometimes, the amount of wax that is excreted takes a while before it gets out of the ear. This causes buildup and becomes a problem. When it builds up in an infant’s ears, it can affect the child’s ability to hear and cause an ear ache. This is why it is advisable for parents to check for wax buildup in the child’s ears every so often.
While it can be hard to tell with mild buildup, you can physically check into the child’s ears for it. However, when there is too much buildup of wax in the ears, you will notice that it makes the child uncomfortable. You might notice that the baby keeps digging in the ear with his fingers. The child might also tug or rub the ears in discomfort. These are signs that there might be buildup of wax. You can easily look in the ears to confirm if there is indeed buildup or not. Wax buildup can also be characterized by brownish or yellow discharge.
Once you ascertain that your child has wax buildup, you can follow the step by step guide below.
With the use of hydrogen peroxide, you can easily help to get rid of the wax buildup.
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Never stick sharp objects into the baby’s ears in an attempt to clear the wax blockage. It is also not advisable to stick your fingers in the child’s ears. Sticking sharp objects can damage the eardrum and will not get rid of the wax.
Please note that, if there is a history of ear surgery or ear drum perforation, you should not attempt to remove the ear wax from home.
There are times when the wax buildup causes serious symptoms that cannot be solved with the above tips on how to clean baby ears. There are certain symptoms that require the attention of a doctor. They include:
The doctor will know how best to handle any of these cases.
The production of ear wax is a natural phenomenon in all human beings that cannot be controlled. However, you can do something about the density of the wax produced. When you are dehydrated, the earwax produced is denser. This makes the buildup occur faster and also harder to get rid of. Therefore, it is advisable to ensure your child remains hydrated by giving them fluids throughout the day.
Now you know better how to clean baby ears at home safely.