Cleaning Babys Ears

Cleaning the little ears on a squirming baby can be a daunting and scary task for new parents. The job can be safely and easily accomplished when using the correct technique.

Prepare a warm bath for her. The kitchen sink will work well for small babies. Be sure to put down a towel so she’s protected from the drain plug. You’ll need to have a firm grip on her. She can be securely held by putting a hand under her back or cradling her in one arm.

The below steps are for cleaning the outer ear. It’s best to use a small wash cloth, they have ones made specifically for little ones. Dampen the cloth after each step and wring it out to avoid getting water in her ears. Soap isn’t necessary.

First clean in front of the ear and then wipe behind it. A crevice is created where the ear meets the head and is a perfect place for grunge to accumulate. Then wipe the outer ear itself. Take care to clean in any crevices she may have.

Ears are self cleaning and the next step is optional. It’s for cleaning the outer edge of the ear canal so be gentle and avoid pushing into the opening. Make sure the cloth is void of any excess water. Spin one corner of the cloth into a cone shape and gently wipe the ear canal’s outer edge. The cloth doesn’t have the rigidity needed to penetrate far enough into the canal to be harmful.

When done pat the ear dry.

Cleaning inside your baby’s ear canal is best left to your pediatrician. She may choose to clean baby’s ears with specially made instruments or prescribe prescription ear drops. Well intentioned cleaning with a cotton swab usually pushes wax and dirt deeper into the ear and has the potential to do damage to the ear drum.

Ear wax is produced by the body and is beneficial in nature. It acts as a lubricant with antibacterial properties Ear canals would feel dry and itchy without the substance. It’s produced in the outer one third of the canal so it’s unnatural for it to be down towards the eardrum. Normally older wax is pushed out of the ear by jaw motion and chewing. Once in the open air it dries out, flakes and falls out

Unfortunately ear wax can become clogged and cause problems. Often it’s minor in nature and can sometimes be handled in the comfort of the home. Consult your pediatrician before performing any home remedy.

The following procedure is recommended by Dr. Bill Sears (his patients know him as Dr. Bill), a prominent pediatrician in the United States. He is a practicing physician and has written over forty books on childcare, He is also a consultant for Baby Talk and Parenting Magazines.

Hydrogen peroxide drops can be effective for softening ear wax so it can be safely flushed from the ear. Although recommended by Dr. Sears make sure a physician familiar with your baby gives you the green light.

Fill a small clean bottle halfway with hydrogen peroxide and halfway with water. Shake to combine. Pick a time of day when your baby is fairly calm. To begin, place him on your lap so that his affected ear is pointing up.

Warm the solution by rubbing the bottle between your hands. Fill an eyedropper and administer drops, one at a time, into his ear canal until it’s full. Allow the solution to stay in the ear up to five minutes or as long as he’ll hold still. Pat his ear dry and repeat the process once a day for five days.

Then when baby is sitting up in a warm bath fill a rubber ear bulb with clean warm water and squirt some into his ear. The wax should flow out in large chunks.

Again be sure to detail the above procedure to your child’s doctor for his okay before proceeding