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Natural ways to remove ear wax.

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My 4 year old gets really bad ear wax build-up. He has been put to sleep once to remove it. His ear canals are very sensitive and bleed easily when he scratches them because they itch so much. We have tried the peroxide/water mix, doesn't seem very effective. Ear candles don't help, and the ear wax removal drops from the store say they are only for short term use and also don't really seem to be very helpful. Does anyone have any natural remedies that REALLY WORK? I am getting desperate! Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you. :)


Katherine - posted on 07/19/2011




Arm & Hammer baking soda is a good way to clean the ear canal. Take one teaspoon of baking soda and dissolve it in a cup of warm filtered water. Using a bulb syringe, flush the liquid into your ear. Give it some time and the baking soda will dissolve the ear wax.

Start a safe process of removing ear wax by softening the ear wax with mineral oil, baby oil, or olive oil. This is usually done over the course of about 5-7 days. What you will want to do is use an eyedropper to put a few drops of oil into the ear. Tip your head to one side, with the hand that isn't holding the eye dropper you will want to pull up on your ear while guiding the eyedropper into the entrance to of the outer ear canal with your other hand. Keep your head tilted until you can feel the oil draining into your ear. Repeat this process once in the morning and once at night for about a week.
Once you feel certain the wax has loosened up a bit, you're going to remove the ear wax using plain old tap water. Go buy yourself one of those blue rubber bulb syringes they sell at drug stores. Now, you're going to fill the rubber syringe with water that is as close to body temperature as you can get. If the water is too cold, you will probably feel pain and the wax will not come out as easily. If the water is too warm, you may end up getting dizzy or feeling nausea for a short while. Getting the temperature of the water as close to 98.6 degrees as you can is a good idea.
To begin removing the ear wax, tilt your head down, pull the top of your ear up, and insert the bulb syringe just into the ear canal. Then, squirt the warm water into the ear canal, making sure to get some pressure working, but not too much pressure that you cause yourself pain. Then, turn your head over toward the sink and allow the water to drain out of the ear. Look for small clumps of ear wax (usually called "plugs") in the sink to make sure you got the impacted ear wax out. If nothing comes out, repeat the process until it does come out.
If and when the ear wax is finally removed, you should dry your ear(s) very well. This is done in two steps. First, you will want to wipe the outside of your ear off with a towel, or use a hair dryer to blow dry the outer ear. The second step is to put a few drops of rubbing alcohol into the ear canal. Tilt your head one way while you do this, wait a few seconds, and then tilt your head the other way to allow the rubbing alcohol to drain from your ear. This should dry your ear canal rather quickly, making the use of a cotton swab unnecessary.

Tamara - posted on 07/21/2011




I use a basting syringe take off the needle, then use about a cup of water with 2-3 tablespoons of peroxide then a bowl and towel push it under the ear then squirt it in the ear a few times until it comes out clear.

Its what the Dr told us to do since she has really bad buildup every time she goes in and this way we don't have to pay out the foot for them to do it.

Linda - posted on 07/19/2011




I usually use straight hydrogen peroxide--my kids have always had a lot of wax. It might not get it out all at once--but it should get a little out each time.

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@Katrina, I have also tried the baby oil and it does soften the ear wax, but I wasn't sure how safe it was to use that for prolonged periods. Thank you for commenting. :)

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@Linda, just a suggestion, but u might want to dilute the peroxide. I have read/heard that it can actually damage delicate tissue. I'm not sure if that would be good for the ear drums over a long period of time. Thank you for your input. :)

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