Frequent question: Is it normal for babies to have ear wax?

Earwax buildup in infants is rare. Usually, the ear canal makes the correct amount of earwax it needs. But in some cases, excess earwax buildup can interfere with hearing, or cause pain or discomfort. Your baby may tug on their ear to indicate discomfort.

Does baby ear wax come out on its own?

Earwax should not be removed unless it is causing a problem. It often falls out on its own. Only health care providers should remove earwax from a newborn. Your baby will be gently held still during the procedure to avoid damage to the ear canal.

Do you need to clean babies ears?

Usually there is no need to remove your baby’s earwax. It has an important role in protecting their ears. It blocks germs that could cause infection from reaching the eardrum and it prevents dirt and dust from entering your baby’s ear. Ear wax usually makes its way to the outer ear naturally.

What does a baby ear infection look like?

Your little one may develop an ear infection when a virus or bacteria infect and trap fluid behind the eardrum. This extra fluid causes pain and bulging of the eardrum. Common signs that your baby has an ear infection include crying, irritability, tugging at the ear, difficulty feeding, ear drainage, and fever.

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How do you naturally remove ear wax?

Use an eyedropper to apply a few drops of baby oil, mineral oil, glycerin or hydrogen peroxide in your ear canal. Use warm water. After a day or two, when the wax is softened, use a rubber-bulb syringe to gently squirt warm water into your ear canal.

Will earwax come out by itself?

Often the earwax goes away on its own with time. In rare cases, removing earwax can cause problems. Providers may advise removal for people who can’t talk about their symptoms, such as young children.