Ear Wax

Earwax (cerumen) is a yellow-orange discharge. It is normal and is produced in the ear canal lining. It will sometimes be discharged to the outer ear. Its purpose is to trap dust and other debris in the outer canal to protect the inner parts of the ear. Earwax can be easily wiped from the outer ear with a cotton swab (such as Q-tips®). Never try to remove it from the ear canal (the hole in the ear) itself. Avoid using Q-tips or other cotton swabs in the ear canal. This can pack wax deeper into the ear canal and cause irritation and pain. Your pediatrician will let you know if the earwax is causing problems for your baby and will provide treatment.