Mild earwax buildup is pretty natural in children of all ages. Even though you can easily wipe the external ear and clean it up with the help of a washcloth. If you use a cotton swab or a tool, it might push the earwax even deeper. This, in turn, might lead to an infection. In fact, if you are not cautious you might also rupture the eardrum. Here are some simple ways to clean earwax buildup.
- The best possible way to get rid of earwax from your baby’s ear is by using a combination of warm water and washcloth. Soak the washcloth in warm water and wipe around the outer portion of the baby’s ear or cleaning the earwax which has come outside. Usually, wax tends to fall out on its own. The remaining is going to be wiped off by the cloth. Make sure that you do not push the cloth inside the canal. Thereafter, take your child to a pediatrician to take a look at his ears. He/she might use a tool to scrape out the wax inside the ear.
Use Baby Ear Drops
- In case the buildup is much deeper, you need to use ear drops. However, before you use the eardrop you have to consult a pediatrician. While you use it, calm your baby down or keep him/her engaged in some kind of activity. Or else you can go for a time of the day when the baby rests or is silent. Hold the bottle to your palms and warm it up. Lay your child on the lap and make him/her faced towards you. Take an eyedropper and fill it with the eardrop. Place dropper close to the ear and drop gradually till the ear canal is totally full.
- There are some home remedies that you can use for cleaning the ear. For example, you can use salt water. This is probably the easiest way for softening the ear wax and removing it. You can also use baby oil. Use a dropper to put it in your baby’s blocked ear. This will soften the wax and it is going to flow out. Many people use glycerin. This has the same function as baby oil as it has a moisturizing and lubricating nature. However, it is better to get in touch with a pediatrician in case of a serious blockage as a slight mistake might lead to ear pain.