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How do I clean my baby's ears?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Put Nothing Inside

Cleaning the earlobe if ine using a soft cloth.
We suggest never putting anything inside the ear because there is a high risk of more serious damage th the eardrum, ear canal and internal structures. Remember never put anything smaller than your elbow in any opening of the baby's body.

In brief: Put Nothing Inside

Cleaning the earlobe if ine using a soft cloth.
We suggest never putting anything inside the ear because there is a high risk of more serious damage th the eardrum, ear canal and internal structures. Remember never put anything smaller than your elbow in any opening of the baby's body.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Carefully

The standard answer is do not put anything bigger than your elbow in your own ear.
..So baby elbow for baby ear. Clean the outside of the canal that you can see. You may use a q-tip. Just do not stick the q-tip in the ear.

In brief: Carefully

The standard answer is do not put anything bigger than your elbow in your own ear.
..So baby elbow for baby ear. Clean the outside of the canal that you can see. You may use a q-tip. Just do not stick the q-tip in the ear.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Dr. Michael Pappas
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Warm washcloth

Hello, babies are really a lot cleaner than we (adults) are.
The only real dirty place on a baby is the diaper area. There is no real reason to clean the inside of your baby's ears. A warm washcloth to the outside will work just fine. Soft and gentle is the way to go. Try not to put water in the canal, as that can be irritating to the little ones.

In brief: Warm washcloth

Hello, babies are really a lot cleaner than we (adults) are.
The only real dirty place on a baby is the diaper area. There is no real reason to clean the inside of your baby's ears. A warm washcloth to the outside will work just fine. Soft and gentle is the way to go. Try not to put water in the canal, as that can be irritating to the little ones.
Dr. Michael Pappas
Dr. Michael Pappas
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: With the bath towel

After a baby bath, the towel can be used to wipe the ears.
No additional ear cleaning is needed. If there is too much wax in the ears, the doctor will make some suggestions at the check-up visit.

In brief: With the bath towel

After a baby bath, the towel can be used to wipe the ears.
No additional ear cleaning is needed. If there is too much wax in the ears, the doctor will make some suggestions at the check-up visit.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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