Cerumen (ear wax) Impaction in Children

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    Earwax is also known as cerumen. If your child has cerumen impaction, she might experience outer ear fullness, itchiness, and hearing loss. Sometimes an outer ear infection will also occur at the same time, with some mild ear pain. This type of impaction typically occurs with inappropriate cotton swab usage.

    Ear wax production is a normal physiologic event and helps to keep the outer ear canals clean. The use of topical ceruminolytics (a substance used to soften earwax) or irrigation of your child's outer ear canal should be done only under the advice of your physician.

    How Children's approaches ear wax impaction

    The General Pediatric Otolaryngology Program at Boston Children's Hospital provides care including diagnostic evaluation and therapy for children of all ages with conditions of the head and neck, including the ears, nose, and throat.

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