Clearing impacted ear wax

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Clearing impacted ear wax

One of the most common questions that pediatricians get at our well baby checkups is how do I take care of my child´s ears. Parents are naturally, particularly mothers, interested in good housekeeping. What I try to start off by saying is number one wax in the ear is actually not a problem except in very unusual circumstances. In other words, it doesn´t cause any hearing loss and doesn´t lead to any medical condition that we need to treat. About the only problem that ear wax causes is for your pediatrician when your child is ill and brought to the office who is nosy and trying to look at the ear drum and the wax sometimes gets in the way. And in those circumstances, the pediatrician or family doctor will remove it. In other situations, the old adage you should never put anything smaller than your elbow in your child´s ear is probably the best course of action and that´s what I advise parents. There are a number of over the counter medicines and removers of wax, Murine and Debrox. In my personal experience, they are not very effective.

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James Varga began to practice medicine in 1977 after graduating from Bucknell University and New York Medical College with honors. James completed post doctoral studies in Child Development at UCLA. His wife Olga and he have two great daughters, Jenna and Maya.

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