My son is almost 13mo and we've been to the ENT once just so we're ready if we need to start visiting. My husband did as a child "often" but hasn't needed it more than once or twice since completing high school. He has bent a paper clip, of all things, into its long shape so that it looks like an 8. He scrapes his canals daily right after a bath, then uses q-tips for the rest.
I wouldn't recommend that on a child, though. For my son, we just use q-tips. I put them in hald the length of the cotton and just twirl it. Every couple months we use a baby oil flush. I also have invested in a "Dr. Mom" otoscope - I bought it on Ebay for $20 US or so, and my pediatrician showed me how to look so you can see the whole canal. I probably use it every 2 weeks or so.
Ichthyosis-en-Confetti Type 2
Husband, Nathan - 10, Elliot - 7, Oliver - 4, all affected.
I also have an unaffected daughter, age 8.
email: jennifer at confettiskin dot com
facebook - find me on "ichthyosis mommy spot" or "friends of ichthyosis"