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How do you know if your baby has an ear infection ?

my 11month old keeps pulling at his ears. I dont know if he just notice them or if there hurting him?


Asked by hinson7169 at 9:05 PM on Feb. 24, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • It could be that he's just playing with them, or it could be an infection. It's impossible to know without having the doctor take a look, so it would probably be best to take him in. My son had his first ear infection & I only noticed him pulling at his ear three or four times that day. We were RIGHT down the road from his doctor's office, so I figured I'd take him in to be safe, and sure enough it was an infection. He hadn't been fussy or anything, so it's very hard to tell!

    Answer by heather.huckaby at 9:41 PM on Feb. 24, 2009

  • My son is also 11 mos. just had a double ear infection. He never once pulled at his ears or even cried. For him his eyes became swollen & full of gook. Each child is so different and have different symptoms. Make an appointment with the doctor now just in case it is ear infections.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:10 PM on Feb. 24, 2009

  • my DD used to pull at her ears when they hurt her and whine a little, too. I think I would have it checked out. Don't wanna mess around with the ears...very important.

    Answer by MammaMia72 at 9:16 PM on Feb. 24, 2009

  • everytime she laid down she was crying and she isn't a big crier but at that time she was, she didn't tg on her ears but she was very irritable, i felt so guilty after io found out cuz i was mad at her for being irritable and keeping me up at night :(

    Answer by Merrydish78 at 9:42 PM on Feb. 24, 2009

  • My son got ear infections often during his first year. Everytime it was the same symptoms. Fever, crankiness, red ear(s), and crying from pain. He'd also stick his fingers in his ears like they felt funny to him.

    Answer by Tylersm0m at 9:53 PM on Feb. 24, 2009

  • The baby crying, not eating, not sleeping, not comfortable,feverish?

    Answer by Godswk at 11:37 PM on Feb. 24, 2009

  • He is really fussy but he has 4 teeth coming in at once.. I have only seem him pull at his ear 2 times today.. He is sleeping frine and eating great

    Answer by hinson7169 at 11:40 PM on Feb. 24, 2009

  • my dd always had ear infections...she would get cranky, feverish, she wouldnt eat, you couldnt go near her ears, she would cry if you touched them...but each kid is different...if your really concerned i would say take him to the DR.

    Answer by barefootbchbum at 8:45 AM on Feb. 25, 2009