Ear cleaning: How to clean your child's ears

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Learn how to safely clean your child's ears.

Key points

  • Clean the outside of your child’s ears with a wash cloth.
  • Don't put anything, such as cotton swabs or hair pins, in your child's ear canal.
  • See your doctor about anything abnormal such as blood, oozing, pain or changes in hearing.
Last updated: July 22nd 2019