When earwax builds up in children's ears it can cause them to feel discomfort and have difficulty hearing. According to medicalnewstoday.com, 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.
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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 kidshealth.com, 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.
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