That panic moment when your child comes running at you screaming “There’s something moving in my ear!”
If you have never experienced it personally, you may have heard or read news about it.
And no matter how many times you have heard it, it will never not freak you out a little.
Yes, sometimes these little creatures do find themselves in peculiar places such as our ears.
In case this happens to your child, most important part is DON’T PANIC!
Your child may be just as frighten as you are and the worse thing you could do is to elevate that fear with your own.
Here’s what you SHOULD do:
1. CALM DOWN!
Calm yourself and your child.
Staying calm can help you think clearly.
Keeping your child calm in the other hand will allow you to aid them easier.
2. NO PROBING!
Do not use cotton bud or anything to probe into the ear canal.
If the insect is deep inside the ear, using tools to try and reach it may frighten the insect and drove it further in.
This may damage or hurt your child as it may try to bite or claw its way out.
3. GRAB IT!
In the other hand, if the insect is near the opening of the canal, try to take it out with your fingers or use small forceps to grab it.
4. DROP THE OIL!
You can try to drown the insect with a few drops of olive oil or baby oil.
Leaving the insect alive too long inside the ear may cause other complications.
5. TO THE DOCTOR!
If the insect still remains in the ear, be it dead or alive, it is best to go to the nearest healthcare provider to get the insects out.
Do not leave it inside the ear even if it is dead because it may cause infections.
Going to the doctor for checkup may also prevent other unwanted infections or damages.