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Warm some olive oil - warm a receptacle NOT the oil directly or it will be too hot to use. You can either use a spoon, or buy a dropper from a pharmacy. Lie on your side and drop a few drops of the warmed oil into your ear. (It is easier if you have someone else to do this for you.)
Stay on your side and massage the cheek, in the dimple where your ear and cheek meet by your cheekbone if that makes sense. This helps to work the oil into the canal and the wax. Stay on your side for a few minutes then roll over and do the other side. Don't put cotton wool into the ear afterwards as the fibres can get stuck in the softened wax, so more wax builds up around the fibres!
Do this at least once a day preferably twice for 5-7 days. This is usually enough to avoid syringing but if you do still need syringing the wax will be nice and soft and slides out easily.
Riven we no longer do children as apparently the risk of perforation is higher with water syringing - their eardrums are thinner.