My son is pulling on his ear but not fussy. Is this a sign of teething?

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Jessie - posted on 07/09/2009

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Children also pull their ears when they're stressed out. See if he does it when there's loud noise, or in certain situations.

Chenoa - posted on 07/08/2009

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Young babies love thier ears. It doesn't have to be an ear ache or teething it can just be for fun.

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Xxstealxmyxheartxx - posted on 11/19/2013

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This is good to know, I figured it was from teething/eating since that's the only time my son does it. He's not crying either and he lets me touch them without showing any signs of discomfort. Glad I checked it out with other moms.

Regan - posted on 07/11/2009

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Hi there my son use to touch or pull on his ear and not be fussy, and he had an ear infection. It could be a phase but if he starts showing any signs of fever or being crankier than usual you might have his ears checked.

Ilse - posted on 07/10/2009

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Its a sign ao tiredness and can also be from an ear infection as well.I have two girls and both of them pulled on their ears when tired and 1 still does:)

Charlene - posted on 07/09/2009

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when my son started doing it he was crying he had an ear infection. but my lil brother is 3 year old since he was born he has played with his ears when he is tired he sometimes trys and plays with other peoples or the dogs lol. it is just a comfort thing just like some children play with hair my son likes to play with his feet he is doing it right now. i would keep an eye on him to see if he only does it when tire or he cries when he does it.

Kayla - posted on 07/09/2009

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Yes thats what my son always did and that was the same thing my doc told me he does it when hes tired and when hes teething but ear infections are known to start because of teething

September - posted on 07/09/2009

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My child is far from being a stessed baby. He is very happy and being that he was born around the hoildays he can also handle noise really well :) We had a house full for the whole first couple of months of his life. He seems to pull at his ears mostly when he eats or at night. I think it's all teething related and so does his Pediatrician. I think we're all good :)

Amy - posted on 07/09/2009

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My daughter did this A LOT when she was getting sleepy, and it was really bad because if her nails were sharp at all she would scratch the insides of her ears! I never worried about ear infection though because she didn't have a fever or anything and she really only did it when she was trying to go to sleep. Sure enough, she cut her first tooth and the second one soon after! Now that those first two are in, she doesn't mess with her ears nearly as much. Glad your baby didn't have an ear infection!

Susan - posted on 07/09/2009

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When our oldest daughter did this, I had her checked multiple times for an ear infection. Finally went to an ear, nose, and throat doc and was told she had allergies. He put tubes in her ears and everything was fine.

Pamela - posted on 07/08/2009

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Glad to hear that baby is fine. My little girl has been doing this for months now, although no sign of any teeth coming through. she seems to do it even more when she is tired.

September - posted on 07/08/2009

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UPDATE! I took Kazyn to the Doctor this morning and there is no ear infection. She told me that the nerves that are attached to the roots of your teeth (in babies and adults) are also attached to the nerves that connect to your ear. Because he is teething these nerves are of course irritated. Which is why he is pulling at his ear. She told me to keep an eye on him and if he gets super fussy and or come down with a fever to bring him back in. Oh and he now weighs 18lbs. such a healthy lil man! I'm so happy to know my baby is just fine :)

User - posted on 07/08/2009

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My son used to do this...his ped. said it was simply a faze. Unless the ear is red and warm there is no concern for infection..


The Last time my doctor told me that it was a day before my Little girls ear drum ruptured. It is always better safe then sorry

Rhonda - posted on 07/08/2009

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Quoting September:

My son is pulling on his ear but not fussy. Is this a sign of teething?




My son used to do this...his ped. said it was simply a faze.  Unless the ear is red and warm there is no concern for infection....

Rhonda - posted on 07/08/2009

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Quoting September:

My son is pulling on his ear but not fussy. Is this a sign of teething?




My son used to do this...his ped. said it was simply a faze.  Unless the ear is red and warm there is no concern for infection....

Savannah - posted on 07/07/2009

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My son does the same thing. I assumed ear infection and took him to the doctor to get looked at to make sure and his ears were just fine. Doc said it was probably from teething.

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Ear infection maybe? Antibiotics might also help, if you use them right... Long lasting ear infection might cause the hearing loss. Untreated otitis media(ear infection) may lead to permanent hearing impairment. Persistent fluid in the middle ear and chronic otitis media can reduce a child's hearing at a time that is critical for speech and language development.

Tammy - posted on 07/07/2009

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could be an ear infection. my son did the same and was never fussy til the day his ear drum ruptured. i'd get it checked out.

September - posted on 07/07/2009

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Less is more and I do agree with that! Kazyn does really well after shots and I have not had to use Tylenol for that reason.

Krystal - posted on 07/07/2009

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I only give sadie tylenol after injections. Tylenol has been known to cause liver failure so less is more!!!!

September - posted on 07/07/2009

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Great thanks for your opinion. You don't give your child Tylenol? How would you feel if you have a headache or pain in general and you had no Tylenol? I try not to give him Tylenol too often but I have had to give it to him when he had an ear infection at 4 months which was cause by a sinus cold. Tylenol was recommended by my Doctor. Sometimes I wonder about the advice I get on here.....I guess we are all entitled to our opinion :)

User - posted on 07/07/2009

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I some what agree with the previous poster however, if it lasts longer then 7 days and a fever develops talk to you doctor antibiotics dose not always lead to more infections but they are over used

Kate - posted on 07/07/2009

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It could be. In some babies it's just a sign of being sleepy, the ear itches, or something random. If it continues, especially if he is chewing a lot or drooling it's probably teething. If he cries, lays on the ear, seems feverish, etc. it could also be an ear infection.



If it is an ear infection, PLEASE don't get antibiotics! They are known to cause repeat ear infections. Instead, squirt breastmilk (if you have any) into his ear. If you don't, a little eucalyptus oil mixed with olive oil (5 - 10 drops in 1/4 cup olive oil) in his ear will help too. Don't give Tylenol either...there are other things that can help, Tylenol has recently been proven more dangerous than most know. Most ear infections will clear up within 5 - 7 days WITH or WITHOUT antibiotics!!

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