Children's Ear Problems
Ear Problems

ENT issues that children may suffer.

Ear Wax

Ear wax is a normal product of our ear canals, however it can cause blockage in the ears of your child leading to discomfort and/or hearing loss.  

  • Ear wax waterproofs your ear canal protecting the ear canal and ear drum from germs that could lead to ear infection.
  • Ear wax is produced near your ear drum and moves towards the outside via a conveyor belt mechanism.

  • Sometimes wax can become impacted a when the conveyor belt mechanism is disrupted.
  • This can lead to excess wax that can cause discomfort and/or hearing loss.

  • Ear drops can be used as initial treatment.
  • Olive oil drops can soften ear wax (used twice a day for a few days).
  • Sodium bicarbonate and soften and dissolve wax (used twice a day for a few days).
  • If the ear wax is still persistent we may need to remove the wax gently using a small vacuum cleaner (microsuction) under microscopic guidance.

  • Most young children will be able to undergo the procedure comfortably and safely in the outpatient clinic.
  • Your child will lie on a bed and a microscope is used to visualise the ear canal.
  • The wax is then removed via direct visualisation. This is usually with a small vacuum cleaner. This will cause no discomfort but can be slightly noisy.
  • Rarely if your child is unable to tolerate clearance in clinic a general anaesthetic may be required.

  • Olive oil drops can be used for short periods to soften wax.
  • We advise against the use of cotton buds as these can push wax further in and also theoretically damage the ear canal/ear drum and lead to infections.
Ear Problems in Children
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