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Is It Safe to Clean Baby's Ears with Ear-Buds?

Is It Safe to Clean Baby's Ears with Ear-Buds?
Parents must be careful while cleaning baby’s ears as they are as delicate as baby’s eyes. Baby’s ears should be cleaned every day. Read on to find out if it is safe to clean baby’s ears with ear-buds and measures that parents should take while cleaning baby’s ears.

Cleaning of ears of infants is not an easy task. You have to be very careful and pay attention to many things while you are cleaning your child’s ears. There are many cases of ruptured eardrums while trying to take out ear wax with different types of things. Writing article on this point is just to help parents have the valuable guide to take care of day-to-day issue of bringing up their children.
Eardrums are thinner and delicate in children and can get ruptured easily in them than in adults. Normally, the system of our body makes the ear wax get cleared automatically and in some cases they need to be pulled out. However, some parents do worry about the cleanliness and try to clean their child’s ears.

How to Take Care of Your Infant’s Ears?

In fact, there is no special care needed especially when it comes to cleanliness of ears. Since the ear wax gets deposited on the outer side of the ears, you simply need a damp clean cloth to wipe the ears of your child. It will be good to make it a habit of cleaning the ears after daily bath.
Normally, there is no need to use ear-buds or anything usually advertised for cleaning the inside of the ears. In fact, ear-buds, when inserted inside the ears, push the wax back into the ears and this disturbs the natural flow. Also, the cotton in the buds absorbs the dampness of the wax and makes it dry.

Is it Safe to Use Ear-Buds for Cleaning Baby’s Ears

Paediatricians do not recommend cleaning the inside of the ears of infants or very young children. Ear-buds, in fact, push the ear wax inside the ear which is emitted through natural process. So, if you are not very careful and even slightly let it go inside your child’s ears, it would push the ear wax that was oozed out of your child’s ears. Internal cleaning of the ears may turn harmful instead of being useful.

When is Ear Wax a Problem?

If your child’s
  • Hearing gets affected
  • Discomfort in the ear
  • Ear infection
  • Foul smell from the ear
  • Itching in the ears
  • Noises in the ears
If any of the above symptoms are seen, it is advisable to contact your child’s paediatrician. Accumulation of ear wax is normal and you need not worry because it as it does not cause any harm to the child. If you see large amount of ear wax clearly while looking into the ears of your child, you can use the ear-buds especially designed for infants after speaking to a paediatrician and clean the ones accumulated on the outer side of the ears. You need to be careful while doing it and make sure that you gently clean only the outer side.

Tips for Parents

Have a quick look at some tips for cleaning your child’s ears.
  • Cleaning ears is a daily cleanliness routine and you should clean your child’s ears with a damp clean cloth and wipe the visible part of her ears.
  • Do not put oil or any drop unless it is prescribed by the doctor.
  • If you have a notion that your child’s hearing is being affected, consult the doctor.
  • Never allow your child to put anything in her ears and also do not allow playing with cotton swabs.
Ears are sensitive just like the eyes of your child. So, you have to be very careful while cleaning them. Remember not to use cotton swab to clean your child’s ears because they only increase the problem.

How to clean baby’s ears? Why is it not safe to clean baby’s ears with ear-buds? What are the risks of using ear-buds for cleaning baby’s ears? Discuss here.

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Naina.7 years ago
After bathing the baby, cleaning ears with a damp cloth is good. It is ok to use ear buds for cleaning the outer part of baby's ears.
Mariam.7 years ago
Babies shake a lot so it is risky to use ear buds for cleaning baby's ears.
Ishika.7 years ago
I agree with you, babies shake a lot and it is not safe to use ear-buds to clean their ears as it is possible to harm their ears because of it.
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