4 month old pulling at his ear

Brittney - posted on 09/04/2010 ( 31 moms have responded )

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My 4 month old has been pulling at his right ear for the past 2 days. I'm guessing it's an earache. But he just had a checkup 4 days ago and the doc said everything is fine. Can ear infections come up that soon? If so, what can I do for him until Monday when I can take him back to the doctor?

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Kristi - posted on 09/12/2010

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well if he isn't screaming while he tugs at his ear it probably isn't an ear infection. It is most likely teething because one of the signs of teething is tugging at the ear along with trying to get their whole fist in their mouth. Seeing as to how he is 4 months that would make the most sense. Ear infections can come up that soon but like I said if he isn't crying as he tugs on it or showing any sign of pain it is probably teeth. My 3 month old is doing the same thing

Lacey - posted on 09/09/2010

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Lilisn pulls at her ears when she eats... its a soothing for her... it how I know she is getting sleepy... she started doing that right before her first tooth cut

Sarh - posted on 09/04/2010

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Like Alison said it could be teething. Are his gums swollen and white?
if it is an ear ache/ear infection. When you feed him have him at about a 45 degree angle (babies shouldn't feed while flat anyways). Also, you can put a pillow under his crib mattress to make an incline about 45 degrees as well, then he will not be flat which for some reason causes ear aches to become worse (can't think of why at the moment. brain fart... midnight! lol). Is he "complaining" while feeding? Do you see any drainage? 2 main "symptoms/signs" of an ear ache/ infection. (my daughter had MANY!).
Good luck! I hope it's just teething!!

Alexandra - posted on 09/05/2010

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My son pulls at his ear when he's tired. Sometimes he'll pull at it for no reason- he's just playing with his earlobe!

Alison - posted on 09/04/2010

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ear pulling can also be a sign of teething... perhaps some teeth might be popping through soon?

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Morgan - posted on 09/10/2010

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I'm pretty sure that if it's an ear infection he would have a fever as well. I'm not 100% though. My 6 month old pulls on her ears when she's tired or eating though; it's a comfort thing. She's been doing this for a couple months. What is he doing when he's pulling on his ear?

Camber - posted on 09/09/2010

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My son is very prone to ear infections and they happen really fast. Im assuming that they are there for longer but the doctor I took him to says that they could show signs overnight. Anytime he is cranky or if he rolls around on the ground which is scary, I take him in wherever I can get him in. Good Luck.

Alysha - posted on 09/08/2010

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it can be a ear infection or he can be teething. my son rubs his ears but been doin it since he was 4 months old n he didnt start gettin teeth till he was ten months old n he is 1 now

Desiree - posted on 09/08/2010

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My son STILL pulls on his ears at 2years. He started doing it when he was teething and just never stopped. I believe he uses it as a form of comfort now as he has all his teeth. I would imagine that your son is just teething if the Doctor cleared him a few days ago

Elizabeth - posted on 09/07/2010

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When my sister's daughter was pulling at her ear about that age, she was told that her daughter was just discovering her ears!

If it was an ear infection he would more than likely be running a fever.

Larissa - posted on 09/07/2010

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My son had the same trouble he was pulling at his ears for roughly a good months before his 1st tooth popped through... i had the same theory as you did (earache) but everybody i knew and spoke to said it was definetly teething and waa laa he is now 10 months and has his 5 & 6 tooth now showing =)
good luck hope your bub is as good as mine was during teething =)

Brittney - posted on 09/07/2010

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Well he went to the doctor today. He has an infection in both ears. And he is teething too. Thanks everyone for all the suggestions!

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My son was pulling at his ear and I asked the doctor about it many times and the doctor hardly looked at his ear...a couple days later my son had a high fever and I called his doctor they told me give him a cool bath and call back in an hour. I called back in an hour and they said sorry they werent taking anymore sick kids today and told me to take him to the ER. I took him to th e ER with my husband and come to find out he had a double ear infection...

I would take the baby back to the doctor and make sure they look at the ears

Amanda - posted on 09/07/2010

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my son did the same thing and we have our doc check his ears everytime were there he started at 3 months and now hes 6 almost 7 months and does it all the time still its a sign of teething and yet ur baby can start teething that early my step daughter started teething at 4 months and by 8 months she had all her baby teeth..

Carly - posted on 09/07/2010

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My son did this alot when he started teething and he still does it now when hes sleepy...

Deanna - posted on 09/07/2010

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Babies also pull at their ears when they are tired. If He isn't overly cranky, it probably isn't an ear infection. :)

Erin - posted on 09/07/2010

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My daughter pulled at her ears constantly. It can be teething, ear infection or just something he found to play with! lol. If he's irritable try putting some baby orajel on his gums, if that doesn't work call the doc.

Krystal - posted on 09/07/2010

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my son did that when he started teething.. he was also 4 months...now he is 6 months and the teeth are atarting to show

Sarah - posted on 09/07/2010

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Try some holisic teething tablets you can get them at Walgreens in the baby isle and they help with the pain and swelling. If your baby were older I would suggest frozen french fries for him to gnaw on, but sounds like those will have to wait. Not much your ped. can do for teething issues, which is what this sounds like, you are just going to have to tough it out with lots of snuggling.
Good luck

Tamara - posted on 09/07/2010

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I just found out yesterday the my 8mth old son has an ear infection and yes they can pop up that quick and my son never plays with his ears.

Donna - posted on 09/06/2010

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the doctor at the er told me if u pull up on a babys ear and they squirm, they probably have an ear infection. yur baby might be just doing it bc hes exploring himself. my daughter used to tug at her ear when she got tired. dont stress its quite common for babies that age to tug on their ears

Sheree - posted on 09/06/2010

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I'm glad you asked about this. My Daughter is 4months one week and is hitting at her ear and grabs it sometimes... We were thinking teething.. but weren't sure. So this post helped me as well!!! Good luck

Michelle - posted on 09/06/2010

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My daughter did the same thing at 4 months, and a few days after she started I noticed 2 little teeth coming through. My opinion is that it is probobly teething.

Maddison - posted on 09/06/2010

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It could be an infection or teething! But if at night it seems worse when you lie him down its probably an ear infection. The pressure when they lie down makes the pain worse. If thats the case prop him up a bit and give him advil or tylenol.

Ashley - posted on 09/06/2010

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yeah i would say teething as well...my daughter screamed bloody murder when she had her ear infection & fyi they can crop up pretty quickly! but if he is not crying a lot it is prolly just those lovely teethers bothering him...use some baby orajel on his gums or u can try the teething tablets those work wonders for my daughter...she has been teething since about 4 or 5 months n just got her 1st tooth right after 9 months, so just bc they r teething doesn't necessarily mean u will see teeth soon. Good Luck!

Nicole - posted on 09/05/2010

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i had the same issue and it got really bad for a few days before it got better and a week later two little teeth popped right into her mouth^_^

the doctor told me that in her case it was because of theething. at this age its best to be safe then sorry. the reason i took her for the pulling though was because she was sick just a week or so prior and i wanted to make sure it was not an infection. and my baby was fine. they told me to get teething gel for infants and a good teething ring.=)

babies normally start teething 3-6 months about but every baby is different. my friends baby was cutting teeth at 2 months o.0!

Ricky - posted on 09/05/2010

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if he is not crying out in pain when pulling at it, it is most likely teething. They pain in their jaw is so close to their ears that they dont know better and pull at the ear to make it feel better. You may want to get baby orajel and teething rings ready because my son only pulled at his ears when a tooth was about to break through.

Jac - posted on 09/05/2010

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Teething probebly. I had the same fear with my daughter who got her first tooth at 7weeks and started pulling her ear the Dr said it was fine so I kept an eye on her and then a tooth appeared. Good luck!

Candice - posted on 09/05/2010

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I'd say teething...my son does this too sometimes and was told it's teething as he's never had any problems with his ears. If it was an earache he might be crying, running a fever also maybe?

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