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Ask A Specialist - How to remove build-up of earwax in your child's ear.

Ask a specialist – how to remove a build-up of earwax in your child’s ear


How do I remove a build-up of earwax in my child’s ear?


A build-up of earwax is a common problem in children. Some of the symptoms of excessive earwax include earache, pressure in the ear, and reduced hearing.

It is important to remember that earwax in children is a good thing as it protects the ear canal from bacteria, fungi, insects, and water. It is only if there is too much wax that it causes hearing loss and blocks the ear.

Earwax often falls out on its own, but if it doesn't and starts to block your child’s ear, one of the simplest solutions is to use olive oil ear drops, which are easily available from a chemist.

Once you have the drops, lie the child down in comfortable position with their blocked ear facing upwards. Gently pull the outer flap of their ear downward and backward to straighten the canal. You can then apply two or three olive oil drops to the affected ear using an ear dropper. Repeat this twice a day, for up to two weeks.

Try to encourage your child to stay lying down for five minutes after you’ve applied the ear drops as this will help them to work more effectively. If you’ve been using the drops for a while, you may need to see a practice nurse to check your child’s ears are clear, or see if they need gentle irrigation.

While these steps should alleviate a build-up of earwax, do seek medical advice if your child has any pain, sign of blood or discharge coming out of their ear. It is also important to remember never to use ear buds, or put anything in your child’s ear, as this can push the wax deeper. Only use a soft cloth to wipe away any loose wax coming out of their ear.

If you have any concerns, it is always best to speak to your practice nurse or doctor.

Angela Childs, Lead ENT nurse specialist

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