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my baby has smelly ear wax that dries out behind her ear. i clean it often with warm water but it always appears again. could this be a problem??

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
41 years experience Pediatrics
No: There is no need to clean out her ears, either. You can clean around her ear but do not need to put water into it.
Answered on May 17, 2015
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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
??wax ??: Infants often get a mild dermatitis between the ear and scalp along it's rear attachment. It can get quite musty like mouse urine. It can be part of eczema, or other skin issues.Ear wax does not get behind the ear. If it is moist, dab it with peroxide and then blow the area dry with a hair dryer. In a day or two it should dry out and a mild 1/2 % hydrocortisone applied daily should clear it .
Answered on Aug 7, 2016

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