ear wax???

Nox225February 10, 2002

My DD woke up this morning with a big chunk of orange/brown wax that fell out of her ear. I always clean them with saftey q-tips after baths (several times a week) I do nurse her lying down at night (which I heard was bad for ears but it saves me so much with sleep). She hasn't been any more fussy or anything so I don't think he ear is infected. Anyone had something like this happen before?

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How big of a chunk? I also have noticed small pieces of wax coming from my DS ears. I don't do the q-tip thing, but just wipe them out with a kleenex after his bath. I am going to the Pediatrician on Wed for his 4 month checkup so I will ask about the wax output then.

If your daughter isn't complaining, I'm sure she's fine. I'll let you know what the ped says about wax.


    Bookmark   February 10, 2002 at 1:49PM
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Sometimes DD will have a piece of earwax come out of her ear that is like the size of the inside O of a Cheerio. (If that makes sense). It just meant that her ear was cleaning itself of some of the wax and dirt. I don't know how big you mean when you say chunk, but unless it is very big or it seems to be bothering her, I personally would not worry about it.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2002 at 2:18PM
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I have been told not to use any of the q-tips to clean their ear canals because what you are actually doing is pushing the wax down into the ear.

I know......I've cleaned my ears that way for years, but just to be on the safe side, I'm not doing it to my son.
I just wipe the inside of his ears with tissue and if I see a big hunk of wax down in there, I'll try and scoop it out with my finger nail.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2002 at 3:26PM
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The general rule with stuff that comes out of ears is if it's not green, it's okay. If it's orange/brown in color your probably okay. If you have any concerns call the ped.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2002 at 4:00PM
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Thanks guys! It was about the same size of Karla NE's post. I think everything is fine. I go for her 4 month check on Monday! I always use the safety q-tips. They don't even fit in the ear canal. I just hate dirty ears. I am so worried she will have ear problems. I had 6 sets of tubes in my ears from age 2-10!!! I don't want her to follow in my foot steps.....

    Bookmark   February 12, 2002 at 2:47AM
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