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How To Clean Baby Ears

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It is critical to keep your baby’s ears clean. While your baby is bathing, clean the outer ear and the skin around it. You’ll only need a washcloth or cotton ball and warm water.

Using cotton swabs or inserting anything into your baby’s ear is not recommended. You don’t need to remove earwax if you notice it inside your ear.

Earwax is beneficial to your baby’s health because it protects, lubricates, and has antibacterial properties. Its removal may result in potentially harmful consequences.


You’ll need a cotton ball soaked in warm water to clean your baby’s ears on a daily or regular basis. You can also use a soft washcloth and warm (not hot) water.

Cleaning baby’s ears:

  1. Warm water should be used to wet the washcloth or cotton ball.
  2. If using a washcloth, ring it out thoroughly.
  3. Wipe behind baby’s ears and around the outside of each ear gently.

Never insert a washcloth or cotton ball into your child’s ear. This can cause ear canal damage. Eardrops

Follow these steps if your baby has been prescribed eardrops or if you want to use them to remove wax buildup.

  1. Place your baby on their side with the affected ear up.
  2. To open the canal, gently pull the lower lobe down and back.
  3. 5 drops into each ear (or the amount your pediatrician recommended).
  4. Keep the drops in your baby’s ear by lying them down for up to 10 minutes and then

    rolling them over so the side with the drops is facing down.

  5. Allow the ear drops to drain from your baby’s ear onto a tissue.

Always follow your pediatrician’s advice when using drops. Follow their instructions on how many drops to use and how frequently to apply them.

Safety Tips

Cotton swabs should not be used on infants or young children. In fact, between 1990 and 2010, ear cleaning was the most common reason for a child in the United States to be denied treatment for an ear injury.

Over 260,000 children were impacted. These injuries are most commonly caused by an object getting stuck in the ear, perforated eardrums, and soft tissue injuries.

The most important rule to remember is that if you see any waxy buildup or discharge on the outside of the ear, gently wipe it away with a warm, wet washcloth.

Anything inside the ear (the part you can’t see) should be left alone. Long-term health complications can result from injuries to the eardrum, hearing bone, or inner ear.

What causes earwax buildup in babies?

Infants rarely have earwax buildup. Normally, the ear canal produces the appropriate amount of earwax. However, in some cases, excessive earwax buildup can impair hearing or cause pain or discomfort. To indicate discomfort, your baby may tug on their ear.

Earwax buildup can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

 Cotton swabs are used. Instead of removing the wax, these push it back in and pack it down.

 Putting my fingers in my ears. Wax may accumulate if your infant’s fingers push it back.  I’m wearing earplugs. Ear plugs can cause wax buildup by pushing it back into the ear.

Do not attempt to remove earwax at home. Consult a pediatrician if you are concerned about earwax buildup. They can tell you if your baby’s earwax needs to be removed.

Should I remove my baby’s earwax?

Earwax removal for your baby is usually unnecessary. It plays an important role in keeping their ears safe. It prevents germs that could cause infection from reaching the eardrum and keeps dirt and dust out of your baby’s ear. Ear wax usually finds its way to the outer ear on its own. When cleaning their ears, you can gently wipe it away. Never insert a cotton swab, finger, or other object into your baby’s ears.

You should also avoid using ear wax removal remedies. This may cause ear canal damage and may impair your baby’s hearing. If you believe your baby’s ears are causing them pain for example, if they are frequently tugging or pulling their ears notify your doctor.

Do’s and Don’ts of Cleaning Baby Ears

It’s more complicated than meets the…ear to figure out how to clean baby ears.

Never use a cotton swab! This is not the way to clean a baby’s ears! You should never insert anything into a baby’s eardrum to remove wax. You risk rupturing the eardrum or exacerbating the wax problem.

  •   Don’t even put your finger in their ears. A human cotton swab is just as dangerous as the real thing.
  •   If earwax becomes a serious problem, use baby earwax drops.
    Remember that not all earwax is bad. Whether you use washcloths or another method, it’s always a good idea to consult with a pediatrician to ensure you’re cleaning baby ears properly.

Can I clean baby ears with Q tip?

Do not clean your baby’s ears with Q-tips or cotton swabs. Inserting anything into their ear canal will most likely push the wax deeper inside. Worse, you could puncture their eardrum. The mucosa that lines the ear canal is also extremely sensitive and can easily bleed, even when using a cotton swab.

Is olive oil good for baby ears

Olive oil is also used by some people to treat ear pain caused by an infection. Olive oil contains antibacterial properties. Although it is a reliable source, it is unclear whether it kills the bacteria that cause ear infections.
Nonetheless, a 2003 study discovered that herbal ear drops containing olive oil helped to relieve pain associated with an ear infection in children. Remember that, in addition to olive oil, these drops contained soothing herbs such as lavender and calendula.
How do i know if my baby has an ear infection

Otitis media is the most common type of ear infection in infants. This is a bacterial infection behind the eardrum. It could begin with a cold. It can be extremely painful. Ear infections cause children to fuss and cry, pull at their ears, and sleep poorly.
Babies and young children are prone to ear infections.
Antibiotics may be prescribed by your doctor to treat the ear infection. Antibiotics are usually given to children under the age of six months. Antibiotics may not be necessary if your child is over 6 months old and the symptoms are mild. Your doctor may also prescribe medications to alleviate fever or pain.

When to see a doctor

Call your doctor or nurse hotline right away, or seek immediate medical attention if:

  Your child appears to be getting worse.

  Your child has developed a new or higher fever.

  Your child’s ear pain is worsening.

  Your child has swelling or redness around or behind the ear.

Keep an eye out for changes in your child’s health and contact your doctor or nurse call

line if:

  Your child has new or worse ear discharge.

  After two days, your child has not improved (48 hours).

After the ear infection has cleared, your child should report any new symptoms, such as hearing problems.


Every day, wipe your baby’s ears, eyes, and nose. You only need cotton wool and warm water. Use no soap because it will dry out your baby’s sensitive skin.

Cleaning your baby’s ears, eyes, and nose right before bathing is an excellent idea. Because newborn babies do not require a bath every day 2 or 3 times per week is plenty you can simply wash their face and bottom on other days. This is referred to as ‘top and tailing.’

Some newborns become unhappy when their faces are washed, so choose a time when they are calm. It is preferable not to wash their faces when they are hungry or immediately after a feeding.

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