Ear Infection???

Catherine - posted on 02/13/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 3.5 months old. She has started pulling at her ear. I don't know if it is because she just discovered her ear or if she has an ear infection. I don't even know if they know to do that at this age. I just need some advise. I don't know what's going on.

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Shannon - posted on 02/13/2009

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When the babies find a new body part the attack it! LOL She very well could have discovered her cute little ears! My 2 son's had severe ear infections starting at 3 months. My oldest had tubes for the 1st time at 10 months after chronic infections from 3 months old. The symptoms usually included a lot of sleepless nights, lack of eating, crankiness and crying...for that matter screaming! Along with low grade temps....Especially first thing in the morning and at night. Try putting a pillow underneath her crib mattress on the end where her head lies....being propped up when having ear pain releases some of the pressure and pain. If none of those symptoms are occuring...I would just take it as she discovered a new body part....or even possibly teething! But it can never hurt to take her to her pediatrician for a look! That is what they are there for....and don't ever feel silly about calling or going for a check up! Also one more thing that saved me and my kids during the ear ache, teething times....were these homeopathic mini melts that melt in their mouths. Called HYLAND'S TEETHING TABLETS! The are amazing....never heard a peep from either child when given those....even with all the pain associated with both teething and ear infections....they also carry ear ache baby things too....check it out I think but not 100% that the web site is www.hylands.com everything is all natural...and no chance of an overdose! I heard about how well the worked...and was skeptical till I tried them! I doin't know where you are located but, I do know CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart carry some not all of Hyland's products....but all definately carry the ear ache drops and teething tabs! Use a few more than directed on the tablets...I promise you'll see a brand new baby :)

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User - posted on 02/13/2009

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Well both my boys (5yr old and 12 month old) have had serious ear problems and I found that sometimes you may notice a smell about them around the ears that would suggest ear ache. 

Lisset - posted on 02/13/2009

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Ear pulling is a great truth for teething. My son started pulling both of his ears at around 3-4 months. If the fever is fine, and you can't see any redness in the outer area of the ear then I don't think I would worry. If she cries while she pulls her ear, that would be a good indication that it's something more. Usually if it is an ear infection, it might brew in the inner ear for a few weeks before it can actually be noticed by a doctor.

Danielle - posted on 02/13/2009

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I have also read that ear-pulling is a good indication of teething..

I know that my little monkey started to pull on his ear I was so paranoid that I went to the walk-in-clinic only to discover everything was clear.

Maybe just monitor her temperature and take it from there. If you are still concerned and she doesn't let up it wouldn't hurt to take her to the doctor.

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