Earwax is nothing but secretions from glands in ear canals, sweat, and skin that has been shed. It has an important role in keeping the ears healthy. Medical term of earwax is cerumen. Earwax helps to
- trap tiny particles of dirt and dust
- protect the eardrum and ear canal by giving a waterproof lining for the ear canal
After the wax is produced in the ear, it slowly comes out through the outer ear canal. Then the wax falls out or comes at the time of bath.
Some kids have more earwax compared to others. The presence of excess ear wax can impact ear canal, and this could be painful. Sometimes ear wax can affect hearing.
Symptoms of an earwax impaction are
- reduced hearing
- ear pain
- plugged or fullness sensation
- ringing in the ear
- itching or drainage from the ear canal
Points to remember:
- Avoid inserting any cotton swab into your child’s ear canal.
- Remember to consult a pediatrician if your child shows any signs of infection.
- If the wax does not come out of your child’s ear after following the above steps, you can try using the drops for few more days and then flush again.
When home remedies do not work, take your child to a doctor who can remove the wax using specialized tools.