Although the baby ear-cleaning process is pretty straightforward, there are many ways to do it incorrectly. Ears can be damaged or infected by the improper technique and it’s important to train yourself to snip (clean) at the right time.
Parents always try to do their best for their kids. In most cases, it is a lot more than they did in their own childhoods and that’s alright. However, it is no secret that raising a kid is not an easy job. There are so many things to think about, and so much to provide for our little darlings, that sometimes even the simplest things can take a whole lot of effort.
It’s important to keep a baby’s ears clean and dry to prevent infections
It’s important to keep a baby’s ears clean and dry to prevent infections. In addition to washing your hands often, you also need to wash your baby’s face every day. This will help prevent ear infections.
- The best way to clean your baby’s ears is with plain water or a non-medicated liquid cleanser. Water should be warm but not hot. If you use a cotton swab or other small implement, be sure not to push too far into the ear or damage the eardrum may result.
- A mild soap can be used on the outer ear area, but never use any sort of soap or cleanser on the inner ear canal where it can get trapped inside and irritate your child’s sensitive skin
It’s best not to use any cotton swabs or sticks, or other objects, to clean inside the ear
Cleaning your baby’s ears can be a little tricky, but here’s how to do it:
- Use a soft cloth and warm water to wipe around the outside of your baby’s ear. This will help loosen any dirt and wax that may be there.
- If you want to use an ear cleaner, make sure it is alcohol-free and safe for babies.
- Be gentle when cleaning inside the outer part of the ear canal. Don’t force anything into your child’s ears, as this can cause damage or injury.
Use warm water and soft washcloths or cotton balls
- Cleaning your baby’s ears is an important part of keeping him healthy. It helps prevent infection and reduces the risk of hearing problems later on.
- Regularly clean your baby’s ears with a soft washcloth or cotton ball dipped in warm water. Don’t use cotton swabs, which can damage the eardrum, cause bleeding and push earwax deeper into the ear canal.
- If you notice any signs of possible ear infections such as redness, swelling or discharge from the ear call your doctor right away.
For older infants who can sit up by themselves, here’s how to clean the ears
For older infants who can sit up by themselves, here’s how to clean the ears:
- Place a few drops of a gentle baby ear cleansing solution into your infant’s ear canal.
- Massage the base of the ear to loosen any dirt or wax.
- Gently tilt your baby’s head toward you and away from his body to allow fluid to drain out of the ear canal.
- Repeat this process on both sides of his head.
Turn the baby’s head to the side so that one ear is facing up
Cleaning baby ears is a very simple process. Here are some tips on how to clean your baby’s ears.
- Turn the baby’s head to the side so that one ear is facing up.
- Moisten a cotton ball with warm water and gently swab the inside of the ear, from top to bottom.
- Use a gentle, alcohol-free cleanser to wipe away any wax or grime from around the outer edges of the ear canal.
Swab gently around the outer ear with a cotton ball or washcloth moistened with warm water. Don’t push the cloth or cotton swab into the ear canal or scoop around in there
To clean out the inner part of your child’s ear, use only a cotton swab moistened with rubbing alcohol or peroxide solution these are germicidal so they kill bacteria that cause infections in the ear canal. Do not use water on this part of your baby’s head because it could cause him to catch an infection that could travel down into his eardrum and become an ear infection.
When you’re done cleaning a baby’s ears, always make sure that you dry them thoroughly, especially if it’s after your child has been swimming
- When you’re done cleaning a baby’s ears, always make sure that you dry them thoroughly, especially if it’s after your child has been swimming.
- It’s important to pay attention to your child’s ears at all times. If you don’t see any signs of infection, then you can go ahead and clean them yourself. But if they do have an ear infection, it’s best to talk to your pediatrician about what needs to be done.
- In addition to being able to clean your baby’s ears yourself, you should also know how to tell if they have an ear infection so that you can take them in for treatment as soon as possible
Use a moist cotton ball or washcloth for cleaning baby wax
- If you can see wax in your baby’s ears, it’s time to clean them. If you can’t see anything, there’s still a good chance that your baby has some wax in his or her ears. It may not be visible at first glance but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
- If you need to clean the wax from your baby’s ears, you can use a moist cotton ball or washcloth. You don’t need any special supplies or tools just some warm water and a bit of patience.
There are two ways to approach this task: with or without suction.
- To use suction, place the tip of the bulb syringe into one ear canal and gently squeeze the bulb until you feel resistance.
- Release the bulb slowly while gently pulling on the earlobe to help remove any wax inside of the ear canal. You’ll want to repeat this process for both ears before finishing up with any drying steps below
These steps may seem too simple for some, but if you take care when handling your baby’s cleanings, you will have the best chance of keeping them healthier and with a lower chance of infections. If you follow these steps in the exact order given above, you should have no problem getting through each cleaning without hurting your child. And as more people read this blog post, perhaps more doctors and parents will be led to do their ears correctly as well.