The Ear Of A 4-year-old Child Hurts After Cleaning?
Alodokrter, my child is 4 years old. Yesterday I cleaned his ears, his ears using a cotton bud. I didn’t clean it too deep. But why does my child complain of pain after cleaning? How to overcome it how? Thank you
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The ear is a hearing organ consisting of the outer, middle and inner ear. The length of the children's ears, about 2 cm, so when cleaning the ears it is necessary to note the depth of the entry device used to clean the ears.
In general, dirty ears come from the production of cerumen or earwax mixed with dead skin cells and oil layers. So it should be noted also when cleaning the child's ear, so that earwax is not pushed further in and cause a deadlock in the ear canal.
If necessary, measuring the length of the tool / cotton bud that will enter the child's ear, will help prevent injuring the ear canal and eardrum. Before inserting a cotton bud, it is better to identify whether the cotton is easily released or not, thereby preventing the cotton from remaining inside the ear.
In connection with your question, if your child feels a complaint after you clean with a cotton bud, then there may be inflammation of the ear canal. This trade may be caused by an infection of the ear canal, injury to the ear canal, or a scratch with the eardrum.
If your child currently has a cough or flu, then this earache can be caused by strep throat or flu. Thus, handling flu and cough is expected to help with complaints of ear pain.
However, all of this needs to be done in direct consultation with the ENT doctor, especially if the complaints felt by your child are getting annoying. With this consultation, the ENT doctor can ascertain the cause of the complaint felt by your child. The doctor can do a physical examination, direct examination of the ear or supporting examinations if needed. Handling will be given in accordance with the results of examinations that have been done, either with ear canal treatment, or administration of inflammatory drugs if needed.
For now, it's best not to clean your child's ears until you see a doctor, otherwise avoid your child's ears getting water.
Thus the info we can convey.