Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Mom | 2008/07/28

Q.

Ear Wax

My baby is eight months and seems to produce alot on ear wax. Particulary in one ear. I clean the outer part of the ear on a regular basis and I do not stick cotton buds into the canal. Only the outside. I often take clumps of sticky yellow/orange wax out his ear. He has had an ear infection only once which I think was brought on by a viral cold. I notice that he often plays with the ear I am concerned about and fiddles with the hair behind his ear. I am concerned that the wax build up could effect his hearing. Do I need to be concerned?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Ear wax is normal, but some babies produce more than others. You are treating the excess wax correctly. It is unlikely that this wax will affect your childs hearing as it appears to be soft and comes out easily.

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