i heard that when a baby pulls its ear that i it could have an ear infection if so what can i do ?
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Jess - posted on 02/17/2010
My daughter pulls on her ears when she is tired. But she did have an ear infection a few months ago and there was a clear difference between her tired sign and her ouchy sign. She pulled really hard when her ears were hurting and she would scream. I very gently looked inside her ear and she screamed at me just touching the area around her ear, just on her face. I took her to the doctor and confirmed her ear were infected. I could also see discharge coming out of her ears.
Danielle - posted on 02/07/2010
Not always. sometimes they do it as a comfort thing. My oldest would hold her ear sometimes when she got tired. It is possible though. Are there any other symptoms? Fever, runny nose, irritable, etc... If so, then I would take the baby to get check out.
Julie - posted on 02/07/2010
How old is your baby? I am no doctor, so I can only tell you what I do. There are different reasons for pulling on ears in infants. One is an ear infection. Another is that they are teething. Yet another is that they are simply tired and trying to self soothe. There are many different reasons for ear pulling, but to be sure (especially if your child is really young, like under a year) call your Dr. they can give you the right advice. Good luck!
Teri - posted on 02/16/2010
My niece til the age she was 5 pulled and tugged on her ear. They took her to the dr and found out that there was nothing wrong. To them its a security thing, it helps them when the feel some sort of change or under some sort of stress. When it was time for bed and they would put her to sleep if she couldnt reach her ear she would tugg on her dads or moms ear. I wouldnt worry about it to much, but if you start seeing other symptoms like fever or runny nose.
Rita - posted on 02/07/2010
My 7 month old pulls his ears simply because he has discovered them. I see him rub his ears or pull on them when he is tired lately.
Ear infections are usually associated with pain, fussiness & fever, or just one of the symptoms I just listed. If the baby seems sick, or not like himself, have him seen by the doc...it cant hurt...
Brandi - posted on 02/07/2010
babies pull at their ears for a bunch of reasons. Curiosity being one of them, so the fact that your baby may be pulling at her ears, does NOT in and of itself indicate an ear infection. Look for accompanying symptoms such as change in mood or behavior that is out of the ordinary for your baby (extra cranky, inconsolable, crying, etc). Also keep an eye on her temperature (anything over 101 F OR that lasts longer than 24 hrs. should be brought to her dr.s attention) A fever is a sure sign of SOME KIND of infection. When in doubt, give your dr. a call and speak with a nurse and get her opinion. IF your baby MIGHT have an ear infection, the dr. will NEED to see him/her. Often, they will be prescribed anit biotics for an ear infection. There really isn't anything you can do for an ear infection short of contacting the dr. they don't really go away on their own, it will need to be treated. Good luck.
Definitely ask the ped about it, but it does not always mean they have an ear infection. At times, ear pulling can just be them exploring their body and finding that they have ears to play with, or it can be related to teething, or innumerable other things. Our son was doing it a lot before his 6-month appointment, so I asked our ped about it. He checked him out, and everything was fine. He even said that in the majority of cases, ear pulling is NOT indicative of an infection. So yeah, just talk to the doc and see what he/she wants you to do. That'll definitely be your best bet.
Becky - posted on 02/07/2010
I'd talk with my pediatrician about it, but also just pay close attention to how she's acting and if her behavior is changing at all. My 5 month old tugs on her ears and fusses when she's sleepy. At first, I thought she was getting an ear infection but her doctor said her ears were fine. Later I saw the pattern and figured out that it was how she told me she was sleepy. Good luck!
In my experience with my first son, he only tugged on his ear when he was obviously not feeling well, so I always took him to the Dr. and it was always infected. Just watch for other symptoms. The Dr. always gave him antibiotics, sometimes it helped and often it did not. I've since read that ear infections run their course and antibiotics aren't always necessary... if I'd know this at the time, I would have researched more and at least discussed it with his Dr... since the side affects from the antibiotics were bad.
Alicia - posted on 02/07/2010
My daughter is 4 months old and she is doing the same things her two older brothers did which is pull on her ears. I am a worried mom so i always took them to the docs but 99% of the time i got told that they are just wondering and just realizing that there is something there. If it happens for a couple days and the inside of her ears start getting red take her to the docs right away. Good luck and hope all goes well
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