Ear wax acts as a protective barrier. It stops dirt and debris getting to the ear drum. It acts as a ‘waterproofing’ system for the ear.
Some people produce more ear wax than others. Young children often produce a lot of ear wax. It is mostly nothing to worry about and does not need removing. Ear wax is designed to come away on its own.
Things That Can Help
Wipe away any easily visible ear wax from around the outer ear with a warm, damp flannel.
Ear wax can become a problem when it is not left to come away from the ear by itself.
Do not poke or prod ear wax with cotton buds or any other object into the ear. Doing this can force earwax down into the ear. The earwax can then become hardened and cause a blockage getting in the way of clear hearing.
If ear wax hardens and cannot come out on its own it might cause a ringing noise in the ear, mild earache and / or reduced hearing. If this happens talk to your local pharmacist who will suggest the best way to treat the problem.
Earwax does not cause glue ear – which is caused by a fluid build up in the middle ear.
If your child seems in a lot of pain in their ear it is not likely to be caused by wax – contact your GP practise or 111 for advice.