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If my baby tugs on his ears does he have an ear infection?

If my baby tugs on his ears does he have an ear infection?

Not necessarily: Babies tug their ears for many reasons, mostly because they are there and are easy to reach! but if the baby pulls her ears at the same time she has a fever or acts sick, then have your doctor look at the ears to see if there is an ear infection present. ...Read more

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Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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My 6 month old baby has had 2 ear infections this month and been on anti- he has been pulling his ears and crying don't know what to finish antibiotic?

My 6 month old baby has had 2 ear infections this month and been on anti- he has been pulling his ears and crying don't know what to finish antibiotic?

Ear infections: It is important that your baby finishes the antibiotic. Stay on schedule with this. Make sure he is getting enough fluids. Cuddle him as much as you can. It is hard when babies are sick but stay calm, supportive and patient. Talk to the pediatrician about the frequent ear infections and other possible treatments. ...Read more

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My 10 month old daughter tugs on her ears when she cries. Does this mean she might have an ear infection?

My 10 month old daughter tugs on her ears when she cries. Does this mean she might have an ear infection?

Possible...: An ear infection is certainly one possibility - has she had a cold recently or is she running fevers? Other possibilities include teething or even just comfort (meaning she has found her ears and likes to pull them to calm down). If this is new and she has recently had a cold, see her pediatrician so they can look in the ears and give you the real answer. ...Read more

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Our 1 1/2 year old has a possible sinus infection and is tugging at her ears with a possible ear infection. Do we need to take her to urgent care?

Our 1 1/2 year old has a possible sinus infection and is tugging at her ears with a possible ear infection.  Do we need to take her to urgent care?

Mgt: If she is otherwise well and without fever, keep her well hydrated and monitor her temperature before giving her Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for pain. In the morning, your PCP may be able to see you. If she has a fever, then I would suggest taking her to urgent care. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your 10 month old infant has an ear infection?

How can you tell if your 10 month old infant has an ear infection?

Examination.: The only way to be sure a child has an ear infection is to look at the eardrum. See a doc and have this done, if your child is sick, please. ...Read more

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My child covers his ears a lot, but he says they don't hurt. Is this a habit or an ear infection?

My child covers his ears a lot, but he says they don't hurt.  Is this a habit or an ear infection?

Hard to know: This is a common symptom reported by parents of children with chronic otitis media (fluid behind the ear drum). I would recommend seeing your pediatrician as a first step and possibly your local ent. ...Read more

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Are breastfed babies less prone to ear infections? Why or why not?

Are breastfed babies less prone to ear infections? Why or why not?

Suckling: Breast feeding does reduce ear infections due to the force needed to nurse from a breast. This suckling helps drain eustachian tubes and is not accomplished by bottle fed babies. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more