Children, like adults, naturally produce earwax. While it may be tempting to remove the wax, doing so can damage your child’s ears.
Although cotton swab cleanings are a standard practice during the pre-bedtime ritual in family bathrooms, using a cotton swab in the ear canal can potentially cause more harm than good.
Sticking that cotton swab in your child's ear risks puncturing their eardrum or causing infection.
Keep reading to see how to properly manage your child's earwax...
Earwax In Children
Some people do produce more wax than others, but for the most part, ears make just as much wax as they need.
In rare cases, kids' ears do make excess earwax which can interfere with hearing or cause pain or discomfort.
If you suspect your child has earwax buildup or a blockage, it’s best to see a pediatrician. Only a medical professional can determine whether earwax should be removed and rule out other issues that could be causing these symptoms.
Your child’s doctor may also notice excess wax during regular ear exams and remove it as needed.
Is your child suffering from excess earwax?
KidsHealth.com advises parents - and kids - not to attempt removing impacted earwax at home.
"Doing so risks damage to the ear canal and, possibly, a child's hearing," KidsHealth warns.