How to clean your little ones ears?

Lizzy - posted on 03/22/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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It's time to de-wax my 3 1/2 month olds ears!! I was going to use cotton wool buds, but there is that whole contraversy of them pushing the wax back in. So what's the best way of cleaning little ears safely? Or should i go ahead and use cotton wool buds?? Thanks!

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Katie - posted on 03/22/2010

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You are not to use Q-tips in infants ears at all! Only use a washcloth on the outside and behind. If you think your baby's ears need to be cleaned talk to your doctor. We have always been told that if the doctor thinks wax needs to be removed, he/she will do it themselves, safely.

Good Luck!

Niki - posted on 03/23/2010

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normally babies ears dont need to be cleand, a bit of wax is normal. if there is copeus amounts that is interfering with the babys hearing ability then go to your doctor to get them cleaned or you can use a few drops of vegetable oil wich desolvels the wax, and it trickles out. cotton buds can cause damage by compacting the wax and pushing it down into the ear canal - especially if there is heaps of it

Renee - posted on 03/22/2010

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they have baby cotton swabs. they look like regular ones but the upper part is much bigger so it does not have the possibility of going in too far

Christine - posted on 03/22/2010

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I use either a washcloth or swabs to clean the outer ear only - its funny but the wax inside the ear actually does work itself out!

Amber - posted on 08/19/2012

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my son is 7 months old and everytime i take him to the dr i tell ask them about the wax in his ears and they have told me that waxy ears are healthy ears but i just think that the wax bothers him sometimes has anyone else heard this

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Amalea - posted on 03/22/2010

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they have this awesome kit you can find in teh walmart pharmacy called DEBROX. it works very well. I use qtips to clean the outside, and I never stick in more than the tip of it in the ear. When they are older and can hold still, peroxide is another option.

Melissa - posted on 03/22/2010

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They say the ears will clean themselves out, but my son has waxy ears. I use the safety q-tips. But I never go inside the ear, just the easily visible parts, like if I can see it from a few feet away, I just wipe it out, but I never go in his ear.

Stevie - posted on 03/22/2010

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i just use the safety swabs i still use them my son is now 16 months and i like them no matter how much he moves it never goes in to far the only downside is my son has really deep ears and one time when we though he had an ear infrction he got them cleaned out by the dr with a really special tool he has never had an ear infection either but yeah safety swabs are awesome gets everything out

Lizzy - posted on 03/22/2010

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Thats great thankyou! There are just big balls of wax there waiting to be extracted - Oh it shall be fun tonight when its bathtime!! :)

Jane - posted on 03/22/2010

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I was told the same thing as Katie P... we were told at our prenatal classes and at the hospital to never stick anything in the baby's ears, just clean the outside and behind with a damp washcloth. They said ears are naturally self-cleaning, so most wax buildup will be pushed to the outer part of the ear where you can safely clean it away. If you're concerned about buildup that you can't reach I would ask your doctor at the next checkup.

Heather - posted on 03/22/2010

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I used the cotton swabs made for babies. It's hard to explain what they look like but they're designed to not go far into their ears. They're called johnsons safety swabs if you would like to look them up. I'm not sure if they sell them everywhere but in TX they're sold in the same place with the baby shampoo in places like walmart, target, babiesrus...

Jocelyn - posted on 03/22/2010

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When I took one of my boys in to get checked for an ear infection, my pediatrician looked in and saw wax build-up. She took this little plastic tool that they have especially for that and stuck it in his ear and pulled out the wax. I asked and she said there's not much you can do about it getting built up and to still clean them but only about once a week or so. The next time you go to the pediatrician, ask if he/she will see if there's build-up inside and if they can remove it. I still use the cotton buds.

Tracey - posted on 03/22/2010

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when my daughter was little i would just stick the very tip of the cotton swab in her ear just to get what i could see. i made very sure i was careful sometimes my husband helped to keep her head from moving so i did not accidentally go in to far. but if her ears where really dirty i would let the doctor get what i missed.

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