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hi there

i noticed the other night my 14wk old girl has a smelly ear. i try to keep her ears clean by sticking my fingernail in - not too far - and clearing out the gunk (not very much) pretty regularly.

i am just wondering if it is the start of an ear infection or something - should i just leave her ears alone or will i make it worse if i don't keep cleaning it?


do you think maybe you might have scratched her ear when you put your fingernail in there? maybe you did and it might have got infected.

If you are really worried get a doc to look at it and maybe get some of the baby cotton buds to clean her ears out so you dont risk making it worse.

hope she is alright

Jess 2005, Steph 2006, Chris 2008 and Olly 2009

Hi there, i seen your post and had to reply. You should use great caution when it comes to your childs ears. Our oldest child(6) has had her fair share of ear infections in her short life.At the age of 4 she had tonsils out grommets in her ears and also her adnoids done. Although her ear infections aren't nearly as common she still has them maybe 4 times a year. My reason for the explanation is because our specialist told me "you should NEVER put anything smaller in your ear than the size of an adults elbow." In other words not to put anything in your ear at all. The risk for long term damage to the ear is too great. If i was you i'd get your bubs checked to make certain theres no infection in her ear as this can cause long term damage also if left untreated.
Good luck with your bubs
If bubs isn't shpwing any signs of ear infection it could what my little girl seemed to get - smelly ears after a shower! Must have got a bit of water stuck in there. Now that's she's older it doesn't happen.

Hope that helps.

Joanne, WA, DD 22.05.06 & DS 04.10.07

My little girl had the same thing and I took her to the doctor and she had an ear infection. Make you you get her to the doctor ASAP, because if it goes untreated it can affect their hearing. My bub was given ear drops and antibiotics, which cleared it up.
Also, I went and bought one of those Nelly baby bath seats, so the water couldn't get into her ears when she was in the bath, it cost $25 from a baby store and was well worth the money and she is still in it and she is almost 9 months.
Good Luck !!!

Mum, Dad & Annabelle (Qld)

hi there

joski, i think you're right - it's always after her bath that i notice it, last night i noticed it is both her ears now.

nadine-annabelle - great idea thanks, i've got one of those seats but can't use it yet as she's not sitting up on her own, can't wait until she is!

i'm really interested to know how everyone else cleans their baby's ears, if at all.


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I use baby cotton buds to clear away any visible gunk. I also have a bath support suitable from birth to help keep DD's head out of the water.

Also make sure you dry behind her ears properly. I noticed DD's ears smelt a bit one day and while I was inspecting them I checked behind her ears and that's where the smell was coming from. Id always wash behind them properly but I guess in trying to keep her warm and get her dressed quickly after a bath I forgot to dry behind them properly.

Karen, DS1 31/8/03, DD 12/3/07, DS2 16/12/09

I am a first time user of this forum but I am finding it so insightful. My little girl has been really grizzly the last few days and nights, not sleeping normally etc and pulling at both of her ears. I thought it may have just been related to teething but took her to the doctors to find out that she has two infected ears. I felt so bad just brushing it off as teething. I won't be so casual in the future. I think I would rather be a panicky parent and take her to the doctor than risk damaging something so vital as her hearing.

zero 2 red

Hi there I have a 5 month old daughter, and I have noticed that her right ear has a funny smell. There's no sign of an ear infection, she's not wingy, no redness in the ear, or liquid in the ear. Does any one have any ideas what this could be, or should I get it looked at by our Dr?
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