Impacted wax needs to be removed if
it is causing problems such as ear pain
and hearing loss. Removal of earwax is
also necessary if it is preventing proper
evaluation of the eardrums and middle
There are several available ways of
removing earwax. The most common
home remedy is the use of a wax-softening agent, which is applied
everyday until the wax softens and
Some commercial preparations can
cause allergic reaction to ear canal
skin and should be used with caution
among children with known allergies.
Safer alternatives to these commercial
drops include mineral oil and glycerin.
If wax-softening agents fail, the next
option will be to seek professional help.
Earwax removal either by irrigation or
suctioning is normally performed in
the clinic. Earwax can also be removed
manually using special instruments
if the child is able to understand
instructions and willing to cooperate.
Manual removal of wax should not be
attempted at home if the wax is located
deep in the ear canal.
For children who cannot cooperate
with the above methods, removal
of earwax and ear examination can
be accomplished under sedation or
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