No cotton swabs!..........m

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Tue, 06-21-2011 - 9:22am
Why You Shouldn’t Clean Your Ears with a Cotton Swab

Wednesday, April 20th 2011

There are some people that swear by sticking a cotton swab (Q-Tip) into their ears to remove excess wax and debris.

Maria

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Fri, 07-01-2011 - 2:04pm
Have you ever heard about using something like hydrogen peroxide to loosen the wax? I'm probably wrong on the liquid, but what do you think about trying to clean your ears out that way. IMy boys have the nastiest ear wax, you can see it creeping out of the ear canal ;)

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Mon, 07-04-2011 - 10:16am
Hi. I have heard of this, but I would caution. It should be a very low dose of HP, because if the concentration is too high it may affect the integrety of the eardrum! For this reason I don't use it. I would first try an OTC product from the drud store just to be safe. You should know that ear wax is supposed to come out of the ear! So your ds's ears are working just perfectly! Just use a face cloth to clear away the wax on the outside of the canal daily. As the article mentioned, the hairs in our ear point outwards in a circular pattern, and push out wax. Ears only need to be cleaned if you suspect blockage, since your body does the rest. Good luck.

Maria

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Tue, 07-05-2011 - 10:40am
Thanks for your input on it! My boys have clogged the machine the doctors office uses before, they get it from their dad ;)

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Wed, 07-06-2011 - 4:13pm
WOW....that's alot of wax! Good luck!

Maria

       basketball mom!