Can I clean my toddler’s ears with a cotton swab?

How do I get the wax out?

Expert Answers

Jo Ann Rohyans, pediatrician

Never insert a cotton swab or anything else into your toddler’s ear canal; you could easily puncture the eardrum that way. Earwax (cerumem) is nature’s protection for the ear canal, and there’s usually no reason to try to get it out of your child’s ears.

If you’re concerned about a buildup of earwax, ask your toddler’s doctor about it. If there’s so much wax that the doctor can’t see the eardrum (which she’ll need to do when checking for an ear infection), she’ll remove it. Otherwise, it will come out on its own eventually, and sticking a cotton swab in there is likely to push it in farther.

Instead, simply clean the outer part of your toddler’s ears with a cotton swab moistened with oil or peroxide, or a washcloth moistened with warm water.

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