A 32-year-old female asked:
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8 month old has a little gunk in her ear. she has no fever and seems her normal self. should i go see a doctor?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Ear wax: Ear wax will generally clear itself from the ear canals of infants, and Qtips are not recommended. Ear discharge that is foul smelling, green, bloody or associated with pain, fever, fussiness, change in appetite, increased/decreased sleeping or other abnormal symptoms should be evaluated for middle ear perforation or infection of the ear canal.
Answered on Oct 1, 2014
Dr. Jalal Zuberi
44 years experience Pediatrics
Need regular check: If your baby is asymptomatic, you can just wait for the next regular check with her pediatrician, which I presume would be coming up at 9 months, unless the schedules are different down under than what we do here in the US. Many babies and children produce more wax without any apparent cause and should be managed routinely with OTC wax removing kit.
Answered on Oct 1, 2014

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