Ear wax isn't a bad thing — in fact, without it, your child would have itchy ears and be prone to infection. Most of the time, your child's ears rid themselves of old wax naturally, but if they don't, the board-certified pediatricians at Village Pediatric Group in Tuckahoe, New York, can help. They use safe and gentle treatments to remove excess ear wax or plugs of hardened wax. If your child has an ear wax problem, call Village Pediatric Group today to schedule a consultation or use the online booking facility.
Ear wax is a natural and necessary substance that helps protect your child's ears. Ear wax is soft, sticky, and bright yellow when fresh. Old ear wax dries out and hardens, turning a darker brown or black color.
Special glands in the outer area of the ear canal produce ear wax, which everyone needs to keep the skin lining the ear canal healthy. Ear wax also provides water-proofing for the ear and helps kill germs. Removing too much ear wax leaves the ear canal dry and makes it very itchy.
Most people don't need to clean ear wax out of their ears because the ear canals clear themselves naturally. However, if your child produces too much ear wax or develops a blockage of wax in their ear, they might need to visit Village Pediatric Group for professional ear wax removal.
Your child only needs ear wax removal if they're showing signs of an ear problem. For example, they might be rubbing or pulling at their ear, or poking their finger in their ear. Sometimes you can see a plug of earwax in the ear canal.
If the plug of ear wax is completely blocking your child's ear canal, they might not be able to hear properly. Ear wax blockages tend to be uncomfortable rather than painful, but if fluid builds up behind the blockage, it can lead to infection, which can hurt severely.
The most important thing to remember if you think that your child has an ear wax problem is to not remove the wax using a cotton swab. Most ear wax impactions occur because of using tools like cotton swabs, which tend to push most of the wax down into the ear rather than removing it.
At Village Pediatric Group, your provider can assess your child's ear problem and, when necessary, remove any wax build-up safely. They might use water to flush the ear out, or a saline (saltwater) solution.
They could also use cerumenolytic agents — substances like glycerin that soften the wax to make removal easier. In some cases, your provider might use a special instrument to remove the wax.
If you're concerned that your child has an ear wax problem, call Village Pediatric Group today or book an appointment online.