One standard method for managing ear wax is the use of ear drops. Different ear drop types, such as olive oil or sodium bicarbonate drops, are available. These drops soften and remove ear wax, providing relief for your child. However, it’s essential to follow the instructions provided by your healthcare professional and only use drops if recommended.

When choosing which drops to use, there are a few things to consider. Olive oil is a valuable option for longer-term use and for people with recurrent wax issues. It softens the wax but does not dissolve it. On the other hand, sodium bicarbonate drops actively dissolve the wax and are a quicker and more effective method for wax removal. These drops can be purchased from a pharmacy and should only be used for 7-10 days.

It is also essential to know when not to use drops. Do not use drops if you suspect your child has a perforated eardrum. Similarly, do not use sodium bicarbonate drops if your child has grommets. Only consider using olive oil spray if recommended by your Bright Futures Clinic paediatrician.

To administer drops to your child’s ears, warm them to body temperature and lay the child on their side with the ear to be treated facing upwards. Put the prescribed number of drops in the ear for sodium bicarbonate drops. For olive oil, add a few drops down the ear canal. If your child can remain lying on their side for 5 minutes, this will allow the drops to soak in.</p>

The frequency of drop use will depend on which drops you are using. For olive oil, use daily to help soften the wax. Then use it every week until your child’s next review appointment. For sodium bicarbonate drops, use for 7-10 days after your initial appointment and restart for 7-10 days before your child’s next review appointment.</p>

If your child experiences any pain or discomfort during drops, it is vital to stop using them and discuss the matter further with your Bright Futures Clinic paediatrician. Similarly, if your child has any persistent ear pain or discharge from the ear, it is recommended to seek medical advice before attempting any form of ear wax management.

In conclusion, managing ear wax in children can be simple with the correct information and guidance. Always seek advice from your Bright Futures Clinic paediatrician if you have any concerns about your child’s ear wax.


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