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Can I clean my baby's ears with a cotton swab?

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In brief: Yes

Only clean the outer part of the ear and don't insert into the hole.
You will wind up pushing in more wax then getting it out.

In brief: Yes

Only clean the outer part of the ear and don't insert into the hole.
You will wind up pushing in more wax then getting it out.
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
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In brief: No

Mostly, the wax just gets pushed into a plug in the ear canal.
Dripping hydrogen peroxide (3% from a pharmacy) diluted 1:1 with warm water into the ears cleans them much better and more safely.

In brief: No

Mostly, the wax just gets pushed into a plug in the ear canal.
Dripping hydrogen peroxide (3% from a pharmacy) diluted 1:1 with warm water into the ears cleans them much better and more safely.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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