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Using Cotton Swabs to Clean Your Child’s Ears May Land You in the E.R.

Posted by Ghazala Abuazza, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Aug 5, 2017 9:10:00 AM

Using cotton swabs to clean ears may very well be your ticket to the emergency room.

Research shows that cotton-swab-induced mishaps are a major cause of ER visits among U.S. adults and children in need of treatment for bleeding ear canals and punctured eardrums.

As reported in the Journal of Pediatrics, cotton swab injuries to children’s ears most often occur when children use the cotton tip applicator by themselves, followed by injuries when a parent or sibling used it clean a child’s ears. The highest rate of visits to the ER for ear injuries is among children 3 and younger.

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Topics: kids Qtips, kids ear wax, kids cotton swabs

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