Unless your doctor or ear specialist has prescribed eardrops, or you are using earplugs, you should never put anything in your ears.
For full treatment, eardrops are usually applied several times a day for seven to 10 days.
If the opening to the ear is narrowed by swelling, a cotton wick may be inserted into the ear canal to help carry the eardrops into the ear more effectively.
The way to use these products is to tilt the child's head to one side and fill the ear canal with the eardrops, using an eyedropper.
Some doctors prescribe special eardrops, such as Cerumenex, to soften the wax.