4-month-old ds is tugging at his ear. . . - Mothering Forums

Thread Tools
#1 of 5 Old 06-10-2003, 10:56 AM - Thread Starter
lexbeach's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Northampton, MA
Posts: 5,038
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Should I be worried? It just started a couple of days ago, and has become more and more frequent. He only tugs his right ear (and just kind of plays with it). He does it whenever he is nursing on my right breast, and whenever he is lying on his back. He doesn't have a fever, but has been kind of fussy. I was thinking it was just a comfort thing, but is it possible it could be an ear infection?



Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 & 12) in a small house with a lot of love.
lexbeach is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 5 Old 06-10-2003, 10:59 AM
wombat's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 2,975
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
dd is doing this at the moment too, when lying down and nursing. I thought it was a sign of ear infection and asked the ped. at her 4 months check up. Ped. said everything was fine and she'd just discovered she has ears. Can't hurt to get it checked. Do you have a 4 mo check up soon?
wombat is offline  
#3 of 5 Old 06-10-2003, 11:04 AM
kerc's Avatar
Join Date: May 2002
Location: The Great White North, Minnesota
Posts: 7,230
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
my 7 mo old did this too at about 4 months, her check up too was fine. i think she just discovered she had an appendage on the right side of her head. kind of like when you have a zit and can't stop touching it.

Kristin -- mom of Erin (11/5/02) and Leah (9/29/05)
kerc is offline  
#4 of 5 Old 06-10-2003, 11:13 AM
Quirky's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Princeton, NJ
Posts: 11,770
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
ditto to the above! my ped told me that kids don't start tugging on their ears to indicate pain/ear infection until later on.

if he doesn't have any other symptoms of illness (fussiness and crying, esp. when prone instead of upright), I would highly doubt it's an ear infection - he's bf and not in daycare.

we bought an otoscope (they're not expensive) to have in our medicine chest; you might think about getting one and asking your ped next time you're in to show you what to look for in a healthy ear.

Come visit the NEW QuirkyBaby website -- earn QB Bucks rewards points for purchases, reviews, referrals, and more! Free US shipping on great brands of baby slings and carriers and FREE BabyLegs or babywearing mirror on orders of $100+. Take the QB Quiz for personalized advice!

Quirky is offline  
#5 of 5 Old 06-10-2003, 02:30 PM
kofduke's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: PA
Posts: 3,865
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Aaron's doing the exact same thing - I was a bit concerned but not too worried since he had no other signs of an infection. Glad ot see he's not the only one!
kofduke is offline  

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

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 On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 14,356

26 members and 14,330 guests
baddestmanalive , Beemo3780 , BirthFree , Deborah , Dovenoir , girlspn , hillymum , jamesmorrow , LibraSun , lilyofjudah , lisak1234 , MamaNika , manyhatsmom , Michele123 , Mirzam , moominmamma , MountainMamaGC , PortlandRose , RollerCoasterMama , sren , StarJune , stellakelly , summer19 , Terrimoore , thefragile7393 , victoriadelgado831
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 12:21 PM.