Though it may be bothersome, it is a completely normal part of your baby’s physiology, and it can even keep her ears healthy. “Earwax provides a barrier against water in the external canal in addition to having microbes that prevent infection,” said Hai Cao, M.D., a pediatrician in Brooklyn.
What causes increased ear wax production?
Earwax production is often triggered by what hearing health care professionals call a contact stimulus. Objects like headphones, earbuds and even hearing aids that contact and rub the ears are the biggest culprits. By producing more earwax, your ears are trying to protect themselves from irritation or infection.
What does a baby ear infection look like?
Signs of Infection
A red, bulging eardrum. Clear, yellow, or greenish fluid behind the eardrum. There may also be some blood.
What happens if earwax is not removed?
If left untreated, excessive earwax may cause symptoms of earwax blockage to become worse. These symptoms might include hearing loss, ear irritation, etc. A buildup of earwax might also make it difficult to see into the ear, which may result in potential problems going undiagnosed.
What foods cause ear wax?
The real issue all along was dietary gluten. Most likely, the overproduction of earwax was an autoimmune response to inflammation caused by gluten. Think of gluten as poison and inflammation as the body’s healthy response to try to protect itself.
How do you tell if you have an ear infection or wax build up?
Signs and symptoms of earwax blockage may include:
- Feeling of fullness in the affected ear.
- Ringing or noises in the ear (tinnitus)
- Decreased hearing in the affected ear.
What is the best ear wax removal?
Use a few drops of warmed olive oil, mineral oil, almond oil, baby oil, or glycerin ear drops or sprays in the ear to soften the wax. Use hydrogen peroxide drops. Over-the-counter (OTC) products are available for wax removal, such as Debrox or Murine Ear Drops.
How do you stop excessive ear wax build up?
You can soften earwax by putting a few drops of baby oil, mineral oil, glycerin, hydrogen peroxide, or over-the-counter wax softening drops such as Debrox or Murine into the affected ear canal. That may be enough to get the wax to come out.