How to clean baby ear wax

Ear wax needs removing to prevent build-up. Called cerumen, wax forms to protect the ears from dirt and foreign debris, but it can be bothersome and visible when too much forms. To remove a baby's ear wax, use caution to avoid damaging the ear. While you must clean build-up, don't remove all the wax so that the baby's ears remain protected.

Inspect the baby's ears for wax build-up. Target the areas to remove excess wax.

Rub the outside of the ear with a warm and damp washcloth. Rub around the ear canal gently to remove any visible wax. If you cannot remove the ear wax with this method, then use hydrogen peroxide.

Soak the end of a cotton swab with hydrogen peroxide. After you bathe your baby, rub the outside of the ear with the cotton swab to remove the excess ear wax. Focus on removing the wax located on the visible outside area of the ear canal. Avoid pushing the cotton swab inside the ear.


Consult your doctor if pain or discomfort occurs with the discharge. This can indicate a problem that only your doctor can fix. The ear wax can be removed professionally so that damage does not occur.


Never place your finger inside the baby's ear. This will spread germs and it is unsanitary. Never stick anything in the baby's ear canal.

Things You'll Need

  • Damp washcloth
  • Cotton swab
  • Hydrogen peroxide
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