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Ear tugging

My son is tugging on his ear. Does that always mean ear infection?


Asked by maggiebella25 at 10:45 AM on Jul. 15, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • dd DID that when she DIDN'T have an ear infection. she DIDN'T tug on her ears when she DID have one. if you are in doubt, have him checked out.

    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 10:52 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • From Baby 411 by Dr. Ari Brown and Denise Fields:

    "There was an excellent study done on this suspicious behavior that showed ear pulling predicted ear infections only 5% of the time. 95% of the time babies pull on their ears because they can!"

    Answer by Christina807 at 11:34 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • Usually with my kids it did. Best to get it checked out before it gets worse. Hope this helps.

    Answer by CloudWeaver at 10:48 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • When my DS would do that he usually had an ear infection.

    Answer by saysha100687 at 10:49 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • Ear infection

    Answer by Butterfly1108 at 10:50 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • Not always,, but usually yes,, time for a doctors visit,, when my brother was about 9 months old he kept doing this and had a bean stuck in his ear!

    Answer by kimigogo at 10:52 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • Usually..that's what my kids do. I would take him to the dr.

    Answer by SuperrMommyy at 10:53 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • Doesn't always mean ear infection. Could be teething, but the only way to know for sure is to have it checked out.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 10:57 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • that is how i first new my 5 month old had an ear infection about a month ago and he is still doing and i have taken him twice to get checked and they said he is fine....also told me that teethign can make them pull at their ears.

    Answer by jeremysmama7 at 10:59 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • He has never had an ear infection before. I didn't know if it could be teething or not. He isn't running a fever....

    Comment by maggiebella25 (original poster) at 11:06 AM on Jul. 15, 2010