Wax. That of the ear variety. It is sticky, gross and difficult to dislodge. I suffered from it as a child. Actually, I did not suffer from the wax itself, but rather from the wax removal process. They basically used a pressure washer to shoot water into my ear canal at something like 10,000psi. How I came out without brain damage I do not know. It was excrutiatingly painful. I will rate it as pain worse than child birth. It was that bad. So please believe I understand the topic at hand.
Azure has earwax. She also has the most miniscule ear canals ever. They are too small for the dental tool hook device that the ped uses to dig said wax out of the ears of unsuspecting little ones. So, we needed an alternative means of dewaxing.
A drop of mineral oil into each ear every night (or every other night) to loosen the wax and keep it soft. Flush softly with warm water using a bulb syringe. Keep ears clean with a Q-tip but do not shove the damn thing in too far or you might see it come out the other side and damage the ear drum while you are at it. Baby Oil is basically mineral oil that smells pretty so this is good to use. I use olive oil in my own ears and that works too.
I have found that Azure does not like the drops (they probably tickle) and has come to recognize the dropper. When she sees it coming she will fling herself in the opposite direction therefore hiding the ear I was aiming at. Oh the flailing! I keep telling her the pressure washer is worse but she won't believe me. I have to distract her with one hand and sneak up on her with the oil dropper with the other. It is fun quality time.
Anyone else have dewaxing tips or stories to share?