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 washcloth.
  • Don't put anything, such as cotton swabs or hair pins, in your child's ear canal.
  • Children with blood, oozing, ear pain or changes in hearing should be seen by their health-care provider.
Last updated: April 7th 2024