A common cause of hearing problems in a child is the presence of a waxy plug in the ears. If it is not removed in a timely manner, then the baby may have serious health problems.
Sulfur plug can cause a lot of inconvenience to a child: from partial hearing loss to dizziness, headache and even vomiting. If the sulfur plug is not removed, serious illnesses can develop.
The main symptoms of the presence of sulfur plug in the ears are as follows:
- nausea (sometimes vomiting)
- hearing loss
Sometimes the child does not hear when his name is called - at such moments the parents usually scold the children, instead of checking the ears for the presence of sulfur plug. If the baby often asks or gets scared when someone enters the room, this is also an occasion to test his hearing.
Another sign of earwax plugs is restless behavior of the child after water procedures, when the plug swells from water. The kid can shake his head, stick his fingers in his ear.
How to remove sulfur plug at home
At home, it is possible to remove the sulfur plug from a child only if it is visible and does not look dry.
To remove the sulfur plug from the ear of the child, it is necessary to lay him with the sore ear on a warm heating pad wrapped in a towel. The sulfuric plug will heat up and begin to flow out on its own. This procedure usually does not take more than half an hour. You can use a small cotton swab moistened with baby ear drops to remove the earwax from the ear.
You can also remove the sulfur plug from the child's ear using special ear drops. Such a drug is instilled into the sore ear (strictly following the instructions), the baby is laid with the sore ear on a warm towel and wait a while (depending on the drug). After the wax flows out of the ear, its remnants are gently removed with a cotton swab. Wax, which is located at the very edge of the ear opening, can be removed with a cotton swab.
- If a child has ear pain, body temperature has risen, it is necessary to urgently seek medical help. In this case, any warming of the ears is prohibited until the doctor himself prescribes them as needed.
- You cannot try to get the sulfur plug with sharp objects, for example, toothpicks or a needle - this can seriously harm your baby. It is not recommended to take out the sulfur plug with cotton swabs, as this will only aggravate the situation by pushing it deeper.
- At home, it is not recommended to remove the sulfur plug with hydrogen peroxide, as the child may get burned.
- If the cerumen plug cannot be removed from the ear at home, you should visit an otolaryngologist (ENT). The specialist will be able to remove the plug from the child's ear quickly and without harm to health, and will also prescribe the necessary treatment.