My son is pulling on his ear but not fussy. Is this a sign of teething?
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Nicole - posted on 11/19/2013
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.
Charlene - posted on 07/09/2009
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.
September - posted on 07/09/2009
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
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!
September - posted on 07/08/2009
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 :)
Rose - posted on 07/08/2009
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
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.
September - posted on 07/07/2009
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 :)
Kate - posted on 07/07/2009
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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