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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: | 2019/10/21

Q.

4 year old wax in ear

My boy is 4 years old and he has a lot of wax in his ears. It almost looks like a hard ball of wax that you would be able to take out with a pair of tongs (I won't do it though!). He was complaining of ear ache, but I saw he had a pimple in his ear which I suspect was the cause of the pain. I do however think that the wax irritates him. Can I use drops to loosen the wax? He got grommets when he was a year and a half old, but it came out about a year ago.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician
- 2019/10/21

It does seem that the wax in your son's ears is worrying him. Normally I would tell you to go ahead and use the oil to soften the ear wax in his ears, but I would need to be sure that his ear drums have healed completely from the grommets. They probably are normal and have healed, but there is just a small possibility that his ear drums may have  small openings where the grommets were placed. So the best would be to ask your ENT to remove the wax and at the same time he/she can tell you if your son's ear drums are normal now.

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