The earwax that builds up in your baby/infant/toddler’s ear is absolutely harmless. It won’t bother your baby. It will not lead to any ear infections, and it won’t affect baby’s hearing power. However, if you are able to identify with any symptoms in your child which might signal a sort of an ear infection, then in that case- please consult your child’s doctor. Should one really be bothered about how to clean earwax from a baby’s ear? Let’s find out!
How to clean the earwax?
There are many ways we can clean the earwax from our baby’s ear. With proper precautions, it can be done at home. Read to know some other details about earwax and some other tips to follow.
What is an earwax?
Earwax is a completely normal substance (natural secretion) that helps keep germs at bay and protects the inner ear. Moreover, the earwax doesn’t accumulate over time, instead, it eventually falls out (in the case of babies).
When to consult child’s doctor?
Get routine examination by asking your child’s paediatrician to check your baby’s ear on regular basis (especially to rule out any ear infection). If there’s a lot of wax that the doctor can’t see the eardrum, then they will remove it anyway.
How to clean earwax from baby’s ear?
To keep the baby’s ears clean, wipe them daily. Simply clean the outer part of your child’s ears with a cotton swab moistened with warm water.
- One must avoid using or inserting cotton swabs in the ear. Baby’s ear canal is sensitive and inserting the cotton swab may damage (actually puncture) the eardrum.
- Sticking an ear bud may lead to pushing the earwax farther inside the canal.
- Use of hair-pins, bobby pins and home made ear buds (such as placing a ball of cotton on the tip of a matchstick or a toothpick) should be AVOIDED at any cost!
- Do note that if a teething baby is constantly touching his/her ear, doesn’t imply that he/she is having an ear infection. However, do consult your pediatrician if in doubt.
Disclaimer: Please consult your children’s doctor if the symptoms are aggressive.
Information source: BabyCenter.com and Parents.com