- How to clean
- When to clean
- Visit doctor
Caring for the ears of the baby is simple, but has its own nuances that associated with the physiological characteristics of a small child.
Incorrect ear cleaning and non-compliance hygiene rules can lead to unpleasant consequences in the form of bacterial infections or hearing impairment, which is why you need to know how to clean the ears of the baby.
First of all, you need to learn the first and most important rule – the ears of the baby should be cleaned only on the outside, that is, you can only clean the auricle yourself. In auditory the passage cannot be climbed. In this case, sulfur is simply pushed yet deeper, and there is still a risk of mechanical damage to the auditory passage
Earwax is produced to protect the ear canal, excess it is brought out into the auricle, and that’s what they need to be removed. In addition to removing excess earwax, ear hygiene involves also cleansing the auricle of other contaminants – in infants it is most often breast milk or a mixture.
The kid spends most of his time lying down and often spits up, milk drains and gets into the ears, if it is not removed on time, it may skin irritation appears.
Also special attention requires skin behind the auricle. It is there, behind the ears, at infants are allergic manifestations in the form of crusts. Also there may be prickly heat, so after bathing you must carefully get wet this area and with daily hygiene of the ears do not forget about the area behind the ears.
How to clean
And again, it’s more advisable to start by cleaning the ears of the baby categorically impossible – this includes cotton buds without limiters, cotton wool wound on matches, toothpicks – on any solid foundation. The ban is associated with a high risk of damage. of the ear canal – the baby may unexpectedly twitch and wand will be in the ear canal.
To clean the auricle from sulfur, you must use a cotton pad or swab, which for better discharge of sulfur can moisten with tea tree oil or regular petroleum jelly.
Special cotton buds are available for babies, with limiters at the end, but many otolaryngologists consider their unsafe. There are cases when the tip of the stick is still penetrates the auditory meatus, since the limiter there is cotton, but it is impossible to take it out on your own, limiter discourages.
It is safest to use cotton turundas – flagella from cotton wool without a solid base. Turundas are convenient to remove excess water from ears after bathing.
For daily hygiene of the auricle and the area behind the ears cotton pads moistened with warm boiled water are used.
When to clean
Auricle need to be wiped daily; periodically checked ears for contamination from regurgitation. After swimming you need blot the area behind the ears and remove excess water from the earlobe conch and ear canal with cotton turunds.
Earwax is removed with a frequency of 1 time in 5-7 days. Better to do it after bathing since earwax is in softened condition and remove from the skin it is easier.
Physiological features of the structure of the baby’s hearing aid such that excess sulfur usually comes out during swallowing, therefore it is advisable to pay attention to the ears after feeding.
In addition to scheduled examinations at the otolaryngologist at the age of 1 month, 6 months and 1 year, an appeal to a specialist is necessary in the following cases:
- Ear wax has accumulated in the ear canal and does not go outside. You should not try to remove it yourself, you just push it even deeper. The doctor will remove the accumulated sulfur quickly, completely painless and safe;
- There was an unpleasant smell from the ears of the baby, which does not disappear after thorough hygiene;
- Discharge from the ear canal;
- Changes in color and consistency of earwax; Original shade sulfur can vary from yellow to dark brown. it a norm that depends on many physiological characteristics baby. If the sulfur color has changed dramatically or the consistency has changed (too wet or too dry) is an occasion to turn to to the doctor.
- Inflammation, redness of the ear canal;
- Foreign body in the ear canal.
Even despite the apparent availability of a foreign body, it’s better not to remove it yourself, and trust a specialist. Tips – how to help your child with ear pain.
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Parental educational program: eliminate excess sulfur in the ears.
Compliance with simple hygiene rules for ear care the baby will help to avoid many problems, notice in time possible changes and consult a specialist.