Covering Ears - does your toddler do this? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 14 Old 02-16-2005, 04:51 PM - Thread Starter
 
stiles' mummy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 681
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My 20 month old in the last month or so has taken up the habit of covering his ears once in awhile. We think he started since he's getting his molars and the pain might have gone to his ears. Now, we think he's experimenting that he could block out sounds by doing this. He dosen't seem to be in any pain and he laughs when I pull his hands away from his ears.

Does anyone else's toddler do this or has done this. I hope its a passing phase. It has me a little concerned.
stiles' mummy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 of 14 Old 02-16-2005, 04:54 PM
 
Leilalu's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: SW Washington
Posts: 7,801
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ddd used to do that.I think maybe he has just discovered his ears!

Due with number 5 in August. We do all that crunchy stuff.
.
Leilalu is offline  
#3 of 14 Old 02-16-2005, 05:09 PM
 
Moon Faerie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: off taking pictures
Posts: 3,102
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
DS covers his ears all the time. He's also very weird about anyone touching his ears. I had him in to the Dr last week for a rash and had the Dr. check his ears too, since it was bothering me. Everything's fine though.
Moon Faerie is offline  
#4 of 14 Old 02-16-2005, 05:37 PM
 
nwaddellr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: North East, PA
Posts: 243
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My DS does this all the time at 19 months. He'll either put his hands over his ears or actually sticks his fingers in his ears. I'm pretty sure he does this for fun to change the sound of things because I see him covering and uncovering his ears rapidly, but it does seem a bit worrisome to mommy at first!
nwaddellr is offline  
#5 of 14 Old 02-16-2005, 05:38 PM
 
kchoffmann's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: baby jail
Posts: 1,566
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My DS does this. It seems obvious to me he's experimenting with the difference in sounds when he covers his ears. He's also sensitive about doctors touching his ears...hmm. But he's never had anything up with his ears to date.
kchoffmann is offline  
#6 of 14 Old 02-16-2005, 06:14 PM
 
Yooper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 3,473
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yep, my 18 month old does this too. She really likes to stick her fingers in her ears when they are covered in food. Nothing like trying to clean refried beans out of a squirmy toddlers ears

Yooper
Yooper is offline  
#7 of 14 Old 02-16-2005, 06:51 PM
 
Nemmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Happy Valley, but heart in Alaska
Posts: 3,234
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My DS started this at around 18 months and would do it alot! He'd stick his fingers in his ears to listen to the difference in sound. Now, a year later, he does it occasionally, but not as often anymore.
Nemmer is offline  
#8 of 14 Old 02-16-2005, 10:45 PM
 
Ilovelife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Vermont
Posts: 1,513
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yup. Dd does this too. I agree with others that it seems like she's just experimenting with how things sound different when her ears are covered. Putting things IN her ears worries me more....
Ilovelife is offline  
#9 of 14 Old 02-16-2005, 11:06 PM
 
quest4quiet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Just this side of sanity...
Posts: 728
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ilovelife
Yup. Dd does this too. I agree with others that it seems like she's just experimenting with how things sound different when her ears are covered. Putting things IN her ears worries me more....
Lately anything that looks like it will fit will go in and it's driving me nuts!

DS has been covering/sticking fingers in his ears for a few months now. He actually covers them when I try to play peek-a-boo with him. If I say "Where's Duren?" he covers them up, then takes them off when I say "There he is!" I it!

If I mention anything about covering his eyes istead, he just leaves his ears covered and squeezes his eyes shut

mama to DD yikes2.gif She's a teenager! 12/19/97 and DS jammin.gif 09/18/03
quest4quiet is offline  
#10 of 14 Old 02-17-2005, 11:32 PM
 
*Jessica*'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Western NY
Posts: 3,786
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My 16 month old son does it, too. He's definitely discovering the difference in sounds when he does it. So cute, but definitely disturbing to momma when it first happens!

Jessica, wife of Marc and Momma to Nikolai (10) and Nathaniel (9) and Olivia (3).
*Jessica* is offline  
#11 of 14 Old 02-28-2005, 07:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
stiles' mummy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 681
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I find my little guy is doing this more and more ( a few times a day sometimes, and some days not at all). Always laughs when we take his hands away. Or we'll play a game and I'll sing off key very loudly and he laughs and covers and uncovers his ears quickly. But sometimes he will do it for no reason ( I guess just trying out the fact that he can control sounds by doing this, must be fascinating to them at this age).


Any others who do this????
stiles' mummy is offline  
#12 of 14 Old 03-01-2005, 04:42 AM
 
SpiralWoman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: middle of the mid-south
Posts: 2,480
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
my DS actually likes to fold his ears forward to cover his ear opening ( if that makes sense to you) & I tell him that when he's a teenager complaining about his big-stickin-out ears he'll be sorry!
SpiralWoman is offline  
#13 of 14 Old 03-01-2005, 12:30 PM
 
grnmtnmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 3,171
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
my 16 mo ds does it too, and sticks his fingers in his ears. i think he's just playing with the sounds and he loves it!
grnmtnmama is offline  
#14 of 14 Old 03-02-2005, 12:54 AM
 
G's mommy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 333
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My 20 month old likes to cover his ears, too! When he does, I move my mouth like I am talking but make no noise, then when he takes his hands off, I talk aloud again! He really seems to "get" the joke and we both end up laughing!

Carissa, mom of Garrett

mom to G 6/19/03 and M 9/9/06
G's mommy is offline  
Reply

User Tag List



Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off