How to Remove Ear Wax Suction Tool for Children

Updated July 19, 2017

When earwax builds up in children's ears it can cause them to feel discomfort and have difficulty hearing. According to, over 12 million people a year seek medical care for excessive earwax build up. Earwax isn't actually wax but a combination of water-soluble secretions along with hair and dead skin. It is a natural bodily product and there isn't any true reason to remove built up earwax unless it is impacted.

Earwax builds up in the ear naturally and normally doesn't interfere with hearing or cause pain. It is important to understand that only a medical professional should determine if earwax should be removed.

Visit a paediatrician or doctor to have ears assessed to determine if earwax should be removed. If a doctor feels it is necessary they will remove earwax using tools such as a curette, which is a curved tool, graspers and suction.

If a child is feeling discomfort or isn't able to sit still while a doctor is removing earwax, general anaesthesia may be administered.

Once the earwax has been removed with tools or suction, a doctor may prescribe children antibiotics. Make sure to follow all directions to follow up from earwax removal procedures.

For home treatment of earwax removal, use a warm washcloth to wipe the outsides of ears where wax has released from the ears. Do not attempt to remove earwax using suction tools at home.

Never put anything inside a child's ears to try to remove earwax. According to, it is important to not put anything inside a child's ears for risk of damaging the ear canal or eardrum. Pushing something into a child's ears could also further impact earwax.

Things You'll Need

  • Warm washcloth
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Sarah Lipoff has been writing since 2008. She has been published through BabyZone, Parents, Funderstanding and Lipoff has worked as a K-12 art teacher, museum educator and preschool teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Science in K-12 art education from St. Cloud State University.