To prevent damage to your child’s ear canal or eardrum, you should leave earwax removal to the experts at BridgeSpan Medicine. At their adolescent medicine offices in Purchase and Harrison, New York, the experienced physicians offer in-office evaluations of ear pain that results from earwax buildup. The team offers several in-office earwax removal techniques to safely clean your child’s ears without damaging nearby structures. To schedule an appointment for earwax removal, call BridgeSpan Medicine or request an appointment online today.
Earwax is part of your body’s natural defense system. The wax helps to clean your ear canal by trapping dirt and preventing bacteria growth.
When earwax builds up in your child’s ear, it can become hard and difficult to remove naturally. Your child may also develop an earwax blockage if you use home methods, such as cotton swabs, to remove earwax. Cotton swabs can actually push wax farther into the ear canal.
Some people use other materials, including paper clips, to clean out their ears. These materials can cause serious damage to the inner ear structures and potentially harm your child’s eardrum.
If too much wax builds up in the ear, it can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
The team at BridgeSpan Medicine can evaluate these symptoms to confirm they relate to earwax buildup in your child’s ears and not an infection or other underlying condition.
If your child has difficulty hearing or pain in their ear, your BridgeSpan Medicine physician can examine the inside of their ear with a special magnifying scope.
During the exam, your provider checks for excessive earwax, damage in the ear canal, and infection. If your child’s symptoms are the result of an earwax blockage, they can safely remove the wax during an in-office procedure.
The team at BridgeSpan Medicine uses a special instrument known as a curet that can remove excess wax and clear the ear canal.
Your child’s provider may also use a bulb syringe to flush out the excess wax with warm water. During this procedure, they squirt warm water directly into the ear to soften the wax and remove it from the ear canal without harming the nearby tissue.
To prevent a recurrence of earwax buildup, your physician may recommend over-the-counter drops that soften the wax so it falls out naturally.
If your child is bothered by persistent ear pain or ringing in the ears, schedule a consultation online or call BridgeSpan Medicine to learn more about options for safe earwax removal.