discovery or ear infection?

Jessica - posted on 12/09/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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for a week now my son has been messing with one of his ears and i think he could have an ear ache or possible infection...my boyfriend thinks hes just discovered his ear and wants to play with it

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Mary - posted on 12/10/2009

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As someone who just lived through her one y/o's first ear infection....trust me, it's inescapable that something is wrong. She has "played" with her ears for months, but with an ear infection...ugh, it was AWFUL. She actually did not pull or mess with her ears at all, but did spike fevers, was horribly fussy and miserable, and seemed unable to tolerate laying flat...she would only sleep while being held upright against us. SHe had never been this cranky or inconsolable in her sweet little life. According to her ped, "playing" or pulling on the ears is less of an indicator of an ear infection than the inablilty to tolerate laying flat in her crib. Good news is that she was almost completely back to normal with 24 hours of starting amoxicillin!

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Morganne - posted on 08/22/2013

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I realize this is a really old, post but thought I would input for any future readers!

My 8 month old son had this same thing going on, and we thought it was just him finally discovering his ears, after about One and a Half weeks of it going on, he ended up getting croupe, when we went in to the hospital for croupe and the doctor checked him out, he had a severe ear infection. The doctor couldn't believe that he wasn't being a crank pot, but we just have a happy humble baby.

When confronted with possible infections or serious illness it isalways better to be safe then sorry! For something like this I would defineitly reccommend taking them in.

Emily Ann - posted on 08/22/2013

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my soon to be one year has been pulling her ears and sticking her fingers in her ears when some talks whats going on

Elsie - posted on 12/10/2009

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My grandson 0ne and a half years old also started to fiddle with his ear only on the one side the doctor could not find somthing wrong so I took sweetoil and garlic (the gaic fried in sweetoil) and droped 2 drops in his ear for 2 night and he has no problem any more.The only problem is he takes the cottonwool from the chrismas tree and tuck it in his ear.

Diane - posted on 12/09/2009

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If you also notice a change in his mood...tired, fussy, then he very well could have an infection...do you give him a bottle while laying down? A child's eustacian tube is straighter than adults, and mucus and things can infect ears easier....that's why kids get ear infections more often.....be safe and take him to the DR.

Natasha - posted on 12/09/2009

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I have taken my son half a dozen times to the doctor about my son fiddling with his ears. They have said everytime that he is just playing with his ears and they look fine. He is forever poking inside his ear with his finger, he has even grabbed my finger to put in there. Both my Husband and I have had gromets in our ears as kids, so that is why I get worried about it. I always get the doctor to keep checking his ears just in case.

Cori - posted on 12/09/2009

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Be careful if you get it checked out. We took our son to the doctor and they said his ear was fine (he was also pulling at it) but less than a week later he had a full blown infection. If they say it is all clear keep an eye on him because they can go from clear to infection really fast.

Karen - posted on 12/09/2009

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It very well could be an ear infection and is worth getting i checked, but that said my 15 mo old walks around holding his ear fairly often and he does not have an ear infection. It could be teething or he just likes to do it!Watch for trends-- If he does it especailly after laying down I would definitely go with ear infection. we have found ours seems to do it more when he is getting tired. Hope that helps!

Camden - posted on 12/09/2009

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If He's cranky, low grad temp, or is the ear red? My theory with ears is I would rather be safe than sorry...It is their ears.

Shandy - posted on 12/09/2009

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I just took my baby (who will be1 on the 29th) to the DR. today because she has been sick for 2 weeks now, no fever just cough, runny nose and SUPER fussy. I took her to the DR. last sunday and ears and chest were fine, just had a red throat.She has an ear infection today, I noticed just today she was hitting herself in the side of her head so I wondered if that what was the prob. So not always I guess fever is needed to have an ear infestion, though I thought it was.

Debbie - posted on 12/09/2009

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My granddaughter has been sticking her finger in her ear for a few months. She's nine months old. The doctor told my daughter that she is probably exploring. If your child has no other symptoms, such as fever or pain, that's most likely what it is. I would check with your doctor anyway.

Cassie - posted on 12/09/2009

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a fever is usually a good indication of an infection. My daughter often plays with her ears but I think she is just discovering that she can manipulate them and the sounds she hears.

Alina - posted on 12/09/2009

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I would say it depends on how old your son is. If he is teething, sometimes they will pull on their ear as well. Is he just messing with it, or do you notice him pulling on it? Has he had any fever or any other symptoms? Trouble eating? You can always call his Pediatrician and talk to a nurse on staff, they would be able to help out better.

Mandy - posted on 12/09/2009

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Sounds like an ear infection..you can check his ear and see if it is draining any.

Jennifer - posted on 12/09/2009

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my son just got over an ear infection and symptoms include fever, runny or stuffy nose, congestion, discomfort n ear. his fever got up to 103 and i flipped out.

Jennifer - posted on 12/09/2009

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I would take him to the doctor. If it is an ear infection and it goes untreated in can lead to hearing problems. I have 4 kids and discovered that whenever they play with their ears it usually isnt good.

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