Baby's Ears

Cleaning Baby's Ears

Here are some tips on how to get your baby's tiny, little ears squeaky clean!

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-Hi everybody, I'm Juli. Welcome to Baby Basics. You probably heard it before, you shouldn't put a cotton swab, or anything else for that matter, inside your ear canal. It could damage your eardrum or cause hearing loss. Well the same thing goes for your baby. So resist the urge to clean inside their ear and stick to the outside instead. Here's some tips on how to get those teeny tiny little ears squeaky clean. -I'm gonna clean your ears. -When you see wax inside your baby's ear, many parents are tempted to grab a swab and clean it out but you shouldn't do it. Remember this, the wax you see is actually protecting your baby's ear canal by sealing out germs, moisture and dust so leave it there. Here's what you should do. Have a clean wash cloth ready and a small bowl of warm water handy at the changing table. Wring out the cloth well so it's just damp and start by gently cleaning the outside of your baby's ears, and then clean behind them. You can also try cotton balls dampened with plain water but skip the soap. If you do notice an unusual amount of wax and you think it might be affecting her hearing, call your pediatrician. Need more advice on how to care for your newborn? Check out our other informative Baby Basics videos. Also, if you want some information on any of the fabulous furniture you saw on our nursery go to Thanks for watching baby basics on Parents TV, your source for the best information for your growing family.