Earwax is present in everyone.  The color can normally vary from light yellow to dark brown. Earwax has chemicals in it which kill germs, it keeps dust off the eardrum and it protects the lining of the ear canal.  Earwax comes out naturally during chewing and the normal growth of the ear canal's lining . Every day or two, you may notice a little earwax at the opening of the ear canal.  Proceed with this guideline if earwax is completely blocking one of the ear canals.  If the hearing seems normal on that side, the blockage is only partial and you can leave it alone.


II.  Call Our Office During Regular Hours If:

     -   Any discharge comes from the ear canal other than earwax

     -   The eardrum has been ruptured in the past

     -   Blockage from earwax is a recurrent problem for your child

     -   You have more questions before going to home care information





A.  Flushing out packed earwax

If the wax is hard, soften it first. Mineral or baby oil is a good earwax softener. (ei.:Murine Earwax Softener kit or Debrox) Put in 3 drops twice a day for 3 days.

When the wax is soft, irrigate it out with a rubber ear  syringe The water must be at body temperature to prevent dizziness. Irrigate several times, until the return is clear and the  ear canal seems open when you look in with a light.


Never put water in your child's ear if there is any chance the eardrum has a hole in it.


B.  Prevention of EARWAX PROBLEMS

Earwax can usually be removed from the opening of the ear canal by a wet cloth or your fingernail. Nothing should be put into the ear canal to try to hurry this process along, because it usually ends up packing the wax deeper.


The most common cause of earwax retention is putting cotton swabs Q-TIPSor BOBBYPINS into the ear canal.


C.  Call Our Office Later If:

   - Your irrigation doesn't clear out the ear canal and return the hearing to normal