How To Clean Kids' Ear Wax

by Michelle LaRowe
Using a cotton swab in your child's ears can create more harm than good.

Using a cotton swab in your child's ears can create more harm than good.

It can be tempting to use a cotton swab to remove the wax from your child's ears, but don't. Doing so can cause damage to your child's ear canal or ear drum and push the ear wax into the ear even farther, which could result in a painful ear infection. If you are eager to clear your child's ear from wax, you can request an appointment with an ear, nose and throat specialist who can manually extract it or you can flush your child's ear out at home.

Items you will need

  • Water
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Small paper cup
  • Dropper
  • Rubber bulb syringe
Step 1

Combine equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide into a small paper cup. The water should be at room temperature. Holding the cup in your hands for a few moments will bring the mixture to a temperature that will be comfortable for your child.

Step 2

Have your child lay on his side with his waxy ear up. Letting him watch a favorite show or look at a book can help to keep him still and in position.

Step 3

Slowly drop the mixture into your child's ear, one drop at a time, until the canal is filled. This should take five to ten drops of liquid, according to

Step 4

Require your child to stay in position for about 5 minutes. This will help the drops to penetrate deep into the ear canal.

Step 5

Gently turn your child's head so the drops flow out of the ear.

Step 6

After three to five days of placing the drops in the ear each day, place lukewarm water in the rubber bulb syringe and flush out the ear. recommends flushing your child's ear out while he is in the bath.

Step 7

Watch closely for chunks of wax to come out of your child's ear. Dislodged wax is evidence the treatment was effective.


  • Squeeze the rubber bulb hard when flushing out the ear so there is enough pressure for it to work. You can't create enough pressure to injure your child's ear while using a rubber bulb syringe, according to


  • Talk to your child's pediatrician before cleaning your child's ear wax.

About the Author

Michelle LaRowe is the 2004 International Nanny Association Nanny of the Year and the author of "Nanny to the Rescue!", "Working Mom's 411" and a "Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists." LaRowe graduated from Bridgewater State College with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and holds a Certificate in Pastoral Studies from Global University.

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