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Should CARBAMIDE PEROXIDE not be used in children?

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I have occasional ear wax problems that I manage with carbamide peroxide.

Now my 7-year-old is complaining about her ear and I want to use carbamide peroxide to help. However, the label and the internet say not to use carbamide peroxide for children under age 12 without consulting a doctor.

Is it safe for me to use this with my child if I monitor carefully, and why does the label warn not to do so?

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Carbamide peroxide is used to soften and loosen ear wax, making it easier to remove. It can cause rash or burning sensation of skin, so should be used with precaution in children. 1-5 drops can be used in pediatric age group also but it should be used precaution and should be instilled in external auditory canal will dropper.

But other wax desolving drugs can be used in pediatric age very safely including paradichlorobenzene 2%. It is available in combination of benzocaine 2.7 % w/v, chlorbutol 5 % w/v, turpentine oil 15 % w/v, butylated hydroxyanisole 0.05 % w/v. it will not cause any burning sensation and rash.

Hope this helps,

Best regards

Dr. Sunil Jalan
Category: ENT Specialist
DAA (Diploma in asthma and allergy) : Christian Medical College, Vellore, 2012
D.N.B (ENT), 2011
Residency - M.S. (Master post graduate degree in otorhinolaryngology),  Christian Medical College, Vellore, 2009
D.L.O. (Diploma in otorhinolaryngology) - Christian Medical College, Vellore, 2007
Medical School - M.B.B.S, S.P. Medical college, Bikaner, 2004
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