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    Default Ear wax & syringing - at what age?

    Just wondering how old this can be done? My 18 month old has ears full of wax, my GP is not keen to syringe or refer us anywhere to get it done. Drops are doing nothing, he has failed one hearing test & second hearing test is inconclusive due to wax.. The audiologist wants to retest at a later date. I’m just wanting to clear his ears so we know what we’re dealing with... any similar stories?

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    I’d get a referral to an ENT from the GP.. I would only trust a specialist to do this at that age.

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    Can you get something from the chemist - Waxsol, Audiclean etc? I’m not sure what’s safe to use in an 18m old but hopefully they’d be able to help you.

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    I had to take my DD to see an ENT for removal of the wax when she had hearing loss as the GP refused to do it because the syringe isn't recommended for that age..

    ETA the ENT used a hook thingy to remove the wax. She had largish pea sized lumps in each ear. She failed a hearing test prior to the removal and passed after the wax was removed.
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    Thank you for your replies. I’ve booked him in to another GP to ask for a referral to ENT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSecret Squirrel View Post
    I had to take my DD to see an ENT for removal of the wax when she had hearing loss as the GP refused to do it because the syringe isn't recommended for that age..

    ETA the ENT used a hook thingy to remove the wax. She had largish pea sized lumps in each ear. She failed a hearing test prior to the removal and passed after the wax was removed.
    How did you keep DD still for this? My DS1 has a blocked ear and drops aren't working, however the ENT is reluctant to try anything in case he moves. Any tips?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxdreamer View Post
    How did you keep DD still for this? My DS1 has a blocked ear and drops aren't working, however the ENT is reluctant to try anything in case he moves. Any tips?
    I can't remember. She is 14 now so it was a very long time ago. I think the ENT may have gotten her to lie with her head in my lap. He was very quick.

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    Same happened to my 18 month and then 4 year old. ENT will use a small hook to get it out.

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    Update: the wax is out! There was a real satisfaction to see it come out- how strange does that sound! Thanks for your replies so I knew what to expect- ENT used the hook thing. We will re-sit the hearing test next week.

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    Glad it went well!! My GP used a syringe when my daughter was 2. Yikes. Maybe shouldn’t have!


 

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