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Elle has been scratching her ears for about 2 weeks. It is mostly the top inside of her ears not in the actual ear canal. They get really red and sometimes she scratches them enough that the bleed a little. She was at the ped on Nov.26th and her ears were normal. This started a few days later. She is getting 2 teeth right now so maybe it is from that? Could it be that she has an ear infaction? She does not have a fever and she is her normal happy self. She has been having problems sleeping, she has been very restless and constantly sits up in her sleep but I have been attributing that to her teeth. Any ideas? Suggestions? Should I take her to the ped to have her ears checked?<br>
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well, according to my Dr. Sears baby book playing w/ the ears is almost never a sign of ear infection. All the symptoms you listed could be attributed to teething, teething pain can be felt in the ears for babies and cause restless nights. I don't remember the syptoms for ear infection though, will have to get back to you.<br><br>
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I think I posted to you on the other thread in health and healing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
Just wanted to repeat that my youngest has played with his ears continuously since he was born, and everytime he's checked there's no infection. Doc said it could happen with teething, but he thought it might be his hair is tickling his ears too. Just a thought. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My Ds does that when a) his teeth hurt and b) when he is really tired. He will scratch them until they bleed sometimes when the teeth pain is really bad at night. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
He has always checked out okay when I was concerned about an ear infection. It doesn't hurt to get some peace of mind though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My DD has ALWAYS scrached her ears. Sometimes, to the point that they bleed. My ped. thinks it might be dermatological. Do you think her skin might be dry due to cold weather?? I don't think it would hurt to take her to the ped to get her ears checked out just the same (if it would help you feel better). DD has never had an ear infection, even w/ teething and she still scratches at her ears.
 

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Brandon does it when he's in a new situation...it's his shy/nervous thing. Sometimes when he's overwhelmed, like when he had stranger anxiety but we were visiting my family, whom he rarely sees, he scratched his ear so much it bled. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I always know when ds is tired b/c he starts scratching and pulling on his ears. Sometimes pretty hard, too. When he starts it, I know I've got to get him to bed and start nursing pretty quickly! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We just took DS to the ped the pther day for this. Luckily, no infection. Dr. adid say that many babes pull and scratch at their ears when they're teething b/c they're trying to get to the pain. According to him, teething pain is often felt around the ears and he figured that's why DS was pulling and scratching at his ears <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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Thanks everyone!! She does tend to do it more when she is tired!! She has an appt with the GI specialist on Tuesday so I will have them take a peek at her ears <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> just in case!! I wish these two teeth that she is working on would pop through already!! I can see the white lines and her gums are swollen. She has been having so much trouble sleeping all week and I can't give her motrin or anything because she has an intolerance to Natural flavors <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: So my poor little one just has to suffer with the pain <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/guilty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="guilty"> She is such a good little girl, she hardly complaines and is always smiling!!<br>
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