Importance of Ear-Scraping Ritual

Back when we were kids, parents used to do ear-scraping ritual. However, after being parents, we often hear, "Don't arbitrarily pick a child's ear." Then we hesitate to do on this one routine.

In fact, that's true, we have to clean the ears of our children who haven't been able to do it themselves, teach children who can independently do theirs, and do our own. Why?

The ear is the sense organ that may be called a problem barometer. Many things can happen in the ear. It can interfere with hearing, disrupt the balance, or even cause severe pain. Therefore, the ears need cleaned regularly to keep in good condition.

Outer ear in the form of leaf, and canal are the most that needs attention. Wall of the ear canal always produces fatty liquid. That part also produces other fluids together with the fatty liquid form wax. The function of wax is to bring dirt out ear canal with the help of jaw movement before eventually evaporating.

When the fluids accumulate and form a blockage, hearing can be reduced. It often occurs in infants because they can't clean up their own ear orifice. Because of this, the parents are in charge of cleaning it.

It's easy for infants and young children. Lay the child's head in our laps. Pull the ears up for ease of viewing the contents of their ear canals, and then remove the white crust on the walls of the canal by using cotton bud.

In addition to ear be healthy, this activity can also be personal contact between parent and child. When done with love, it'll always be a wonderful memory for a child.

Older children can be taught to clean the ears after bathing once every two to three days as did the adults. Wet wax can be cleaned with ear cotton while the hard must be removed with a special hook. When cleaning, ear cotton is quite about one centimeter, the part that produces cerumen only. When the cotton is too inward and touching the eardrum, we'll cough.

In infants, the slightest disturbance in the ear, such as inflammation, may make restless and crying tugging at their ear. If this happens, check the outer ear canal. Perhaps, there's an ulcer. Although not dangerous, ulcers can cause severe pain in infants.

Bring to a family doctor. They need an antibiotic ear drops. To reduce the pain, we can also give them a pain reliever, such as paracetamol, and warm bag attached to the pained ear. Remember, don't put cotton or anything else to ear!

If they don't look well, especially with fever, they may develop inflammation of the middle ear. Immediately, go to the family doctor.

Toddlers also have a habit of putting something, like beads, into their ears. If that happens and is seen by us, and we're sure that it doesn't hurt or damage the delicate walls of the channel, we can remove it ourselves with a special hook. However, when undecided, ask your doctor for help.

When the wandering is an insect, the first aid is to enter lukewarm water into their ears. That way, the insects will be carried out with the flow of water. Don't forget tugging at the ear to create a more straight line.

Meanwhile, we also have to be careful of colds or allergies. Both can lead to hearing loss or deafness due to mucus blocking the air circulation of nose and throat directly related to the ear. Be careful also to chronic ear inflammation that results in the fluid and often occurs without prominent inflammatory signs. This kind of inflammation can also cause deafness.

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