The weather was getting hotter, and the mothers were getting more and more diligent in bathing their babies. Bathing your baby is a very troublesome thing. Your baby screams and carelessly, water will flow into your baby's ears.
In this situation, many Baoma will use cotton swabs to absorb water. In fact, this method is very dangerous!
我院儿保 门诊数据统计，每年患耳道感染疾病的孩子， 60%以上是因“掏耳朵”不当引起的。 According to statistics from our hospital's child care clinic, more than 60% of children with ear canal infections each year are caused by improper "ear extraction".
How to tell if your baby's ears have water?
Observe whether the baby is scratching and scratching his ears frequently.
Observe whether the baby is crying for no reason. If the ears get water, the baby will be particularly uncomfortable, causing the baby to cry.
If you find that the earwax in your baby's ears is sticky and has a little smell, you can basically judge that your baby's ears really have water.
Water in the baby's ears can easily cause otitis media?
Generally speaking, babies are far more susceptible to ear diseases than adults.
This is because the eustachian tube of the baby is not yet mature, and the eustachian tube is only half the length of an adult, and the diameter is thick, the position is relatively horizontal, and the mouth is often open.
Therefore, bacteria and secretions from the nasopharynx easily pass through the eustachian tube and enter the middle ear tympanum, causing otitis media.
In addition, newborn babies have limited expression ability and cannot accurately describe some symptoms of earache, ear tightness or hearing loss, so they are often misdiagnosed or missed clinically.
If Baomao didn't pay attention, it would easily develop into chronic refractory otitis media.
Can I use a cotton swab if my baby's ears have water?
The baby's external auditory canal skin is delicate and the subcutaneous tissue is scarce. When the ears get water, the pores of the ear canal skin will be opened and the baby's ears will become extremely sensitive.
If you do not grasp the strength when using a cotton swab, the hard tip of the cotton swab can easily puncture the baby's eardrum, which can seriously cause the baby's eardrum to perforate.
In addition, the earwax in the baby's ears is soaked in water and becomes a wet mass. After the cotton swab enters, it is easy to push the earwax on the wall of the ear canal to the deep. If it is on the eardrum, it may affect hearing.
Therefore, when it comes to the baby's ears getting into the water, mothers should never put cotton swabs into the baby's ears to absorb water. Similarly, some Baoma will rub the toilet paper into strips and put it in the baby's ears to suck it out. This is very dangerous.
Master the following nursing knowledge and stay away from hidden dangers of ear diseases
Lie on your side with ears facing down
Let the water flow out slowly, put the cotton swab on the ear canal (don't stick in) to absorb the water.
At the same time, the palm of the hand clings to the baby's ears, and then quickly releases it several times in succession to encourage the water in the ear canal to flow out. You can also gently press your baby's lips with your fingers to induce him to open his mouth and repeat it several times to move the temporal The lower jaw joints cause water to flow from the external auditory canal.
Clean the outer ear
Pay attention to fixing the baby's head to prevent the baby from disturbing. Use cotton balls, clean towels, gauze or cotton swabs for infants to clean the water in the outer ear. But remember, don't push it into the ear canal.
Note: Do not wipe, let alone ears. The baby's ear canal is very short, as long as the cotton part enters the ear canal, it must not go deep.
In the next few days, Baomao should not be taken lightly. Close observation is needed. If the baby shows abnormal symptoms such as shaking his head, scratching his ears, or yellow water in his ears, he should go to the hospital for examination immediately.
Prevention is more than cure, avoid water in the baby's ears
The best way to prevent your baby from getting hurt is to prevent it first. Next, Yimeier introduced some tricks to Bao Ma that can effectively prevent the baby's ears from getting into the water.
Little ears "covered"
When bathing the baby, Baoma can support the baby's back with the palm of his hand, and press his fingers from the back to the back of the ear to "cover" the baby's ear , which can effectively block most of the water flow.
Put a little less water or raise your baby
When bathing your baby, you can choose to put a little less water to prevent the water from accidentally splashing into your baby's ears. Generally speaking, the bath water is not lower than the baby's navel, which prevents the baby's navel from leaking and causing cold.
In addition, you can raise your baby's upper body a little during the bath, which can also effectively reduce the water flow into the ears.
Wear earplugs or other protective gear for your baby
If you feel that the traditional method is too difficult to master, you can also use earplugs or cotton balls to plug your baby's ears, or wear special protective gear for your baby, such as a shampoo cap. Here, this is a more worry-free approach.
In short, water in the baby's ear is a matter that cannot be ignored, and improper handling is likely to cause irreversible harm to the baby.
Therefore, Baoma should not only prevent in daily life, but also master the treatment methods. Once the baby's ear is inflamed, it is necessary to seek medical treatment in time to prevent the condition from worsening or causing a series of other complications.