After having mild earache and visiting an ear specialist to day, I found out that my ears are too clean so to speak and that the level of wax in my inner lobes are below what is considered to be a healthy norm. Happy that I do not have any serious problems with my ears, I came home.

We use cotton buds each time after a bath or a shower, mostly to draw out moisture, but does this mean I am cleaning away wax too frequently without really intending to?

My question is how often do you clean your childrens ears...? Are there any signs that guide you? (When there is excessive amounts of ear wax visible on the rim of the outer lobe for example?)

asked 07 Jul '11, 13:57

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If you are referring to the inner lobes then never. We have always been told (family doctor, public health nurse, health class in public school) that you should never put anything in your ear smaller then your elbow. In other words you should never put anything in you ear. That being said, I do know of people who were told their children have difficulty eliminating wax naturally and subsequently must use a syringe and water to flush them out. As far as how often, I am not sure.

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answered 07 Jul '11, 15:16

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No definitely not referring to the inner lobes!

(07 Jul '11, 18:05) Emi

Okay sorry then. I don't think I've ever given cleaning of the rest of their ears much thought. They get cleaned during bath time.

(07 Jul '11, 18:45) Tammy ♦♦

It's funny because I never realized that there should be ample amounts of wax in the years... The cotton buds we use are only just inserted in the outer lobe after bath/shower time to absorb water! From now on I will be more careful to avoid removing any wax too regularly!

(08 Jul '11, 10:06) Emi
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