Your Child Depends on His/Her EARS.....
Don’t use anything (including Q-tips) to clean your child’s ears. The natural growth of the skin in the ear canal will bring the wax to the outside. You can then wipe the wax out with a washcloth. Wax is necessary for the protection of the ear canal and the eardrum.
Don’t let your child drink from a bottle while lying down. There is a little tube that goes from the throat to the middle ear. When the child swallows, the tube opens. If your child is lying down and swallows, the milk can be forced into the middle ear (behind the eardrum). When this happens, the child can get an ear infection. Hold your child in an upward position during bottle-feeding.
Do take your child to the doctor if they pull on their ears or complain about them. Don’t wait for the ear to drain–this indicates a much more serious problem or if you notice any change in hearing ability.
Do try to protect your child from getting a cold. Colds can lead to ear infections. Keep them warm and healthy. Avoid unnecessary exposure to crowds. Keep them away from family members who may have a cold or the flu.
Do follow your doctor’s advice about the medicine they prescribe. Give your child all of the medicine the doctor prescribes.
Do keep all of your medical and hearing recheck appointments. This is the only way we can be sure that your child’s ear problems are cared for properly.