Taking Care of Your Child’s Ears

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As a parent, you want to do what’s best for you child, particularly when it comes to their health. You probably work hard to feed them right, ensure they get enough sleep and try your best to prevent them from getting sick, but how much time do you give to their ears? The ears are an oft-neglected part of the body, but since they are one of the most delicate, especially for young children, they are one of the most important pasts to take care of, especially if you don’t want to have to watch your child suffer from a terrible ear infection.

With that in mind, here are some simple tips for taking care of your young child’s ears:

 

Have them Tested

It’s really important that you take your child for a hearing test in those early years of development. Doing so will help to determine if they can actually hear normally so that you can get them the help they need if they don’t. In the US, newborns will have their hearing tested pretty early, but problems can arise later on, so keep an eye on your kids and if you don’t think their hearing is developing as it should, don’t hesitate to see a professional.

 

Cleaning

You should clean your baby or child’s outer ear very regularly. When doing this, you should use a washcloth that is as soft as you can find, because the skin of the ears is very delicate. You could also use a cotton swab, but remember you should never put those inside the ear.

The Elbow Test

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In fact, nothing that is smaller than your elbow should ever find its way inside your child’s ear. This is important because small objects could get stuck, could impact dirt and wax further into the ear and could even cause a rupture in extreme circumstances.

 

Olive Oil is Acceptable

If you clean your child’s ears regularly, it’s unlikely that they will develop a buildup of hard wax in the ears, but in can happen and if it does, one of the best ways to treat it is by pouring a drop or two of warmed mineral or olive oil into the ears to soften it up. When doing this, you should take it a drop at a time to ensure you know how much you’ve used and you don’t overfill the ear.

Once the oil is in the ear, have your child lie in a sleeping position so that it can penetrate and do its work. When you sit them back up after a few minutes, the wax should have melted.

 

Apply a Compress to Infected Ears

If you notice your child is experiencing any of the common signs of ear infection, such as inability to sleep, tugging on the ear, oozing ears or fever, then try applying a warm compress to the affected ear for around 15 minutes to reduce the pain.

If your child is old enough, you can give him or her a little Tylenol too, but if your child has a high fever and symptoms are persistent, it is probably a good idea to also see the doctor in case antibiotics, or ear drops need to be prescribed.

Take care of your child’s ears is so important and with the above information, it should be much easier for you to do.

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