My son complained of an earache, so I took him to the pediatrician. He's had a few ear infections in the past, but not for a long time. After he was examined, the doctor determined that he does not have an ear infection, but that he was a lot of hard wax in his ear. She attempted to remove it with a pick (something designed for this,) but it was incredibly painful, so she stopped. She then attempted to use a water syringe, but that did nothing (except maybe push the wax in further.)
For several days I gave him drops of Debrox, she tried again, nothing.
My son now never wants anyone to touch his ear again because of the pain. Also, he's had enough of the drops because he can't hear after I put them in.
The stuff has to come out. He does admit to pain every now and then and it's not like it's going to get better. I'm bringing him back to the doctor and want to know what to ask for. At this point, I feel like asking them to give him a baby xanax and dig the wax out. (I'm kidding about the baby xanax, but wish it was safe/possible!)
Your son should not need to be sedated to remove a wax impaction, especially now that it has softened from the Debrox. The medical provider may still need to use a curette to remove the wax if the warm water lavage doesn't do it. I have never met a wax impaction that I couldn't remove, but one has to be very careful -- the ear canal is super-sensitive if you scratch it. You will need to mentallly prepare him, but no Xanax.
Not every medical provider is skilled at the fine art of wax removal, so you can always ask to see an expert (an ENT) to do this common task.
His hearing is likely compromised because the Debrox has softened the wax, which is good. It may come right out this time.
Stop letting him use Q-tips and don't you do it either. Q-tips are the main cause of wax impactions.
Thanks! I've never used q-tips, we don't even have any in the house. I've always told him to keep his finger out of his ear because of germs, but can't say if he's not doing it anyway or using something else.
He has an appointment with an ent so in hoping that solved the problem.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
The opinions expressed in WebMD Communities are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. Communities are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.
Do not consider Communities as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.