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Protect Baby Ears Flying
Put Nothing Inside: Cleaning the earlobe if ine using a soft cloth. We suggest never putting anything inside the ear because there is a high risk of more serious damage th the eardrum, ear canal and internal structures. Remember never put anything smaller than your elbow in any opening of the baby's body. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
3 months or 13 years: Children grow up just fine without getting their ears pierced. Earrings snag on things. Earrings come off and become a choking hazard. If parents feel they need pierce their baby's ears, wait at least until the baby is 3 months old. Otherwise, children can get their ears pierced when they become teenagers, a time when they start learning more about personal grooming and cosmetics. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ear infection: If you see a discharge from your baby's ear, there may be an infection in the ear. It could be an external ear canal infection (otitis externa). There might be a hidden object stuck in the canal. Sometimes a middle ear infection (acute otitis media) can cause drainage from the ear if there's a small hole in the eardrum. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tell Peds Dr: There are several things this could be: simple teething and baby rubs ear (referred), ear infection, something in ear are all examples. Without a proper examination, there is no way to really tell why the baby is rubbing her ear. A good exam and discussion by her dr. Should go a long way to answer all your questions. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lymph node: Posterior auricular lymph nodes are often enlarged behind the ears of infants as a result of cradle cap, scratches to the scalp or infections of the external ear canal. The mastoid process is a normal bony structure of the skull which is behind, and slightly below the ear. Lymph nodes are generally rubbery in texture and somewhat motile, while the mastoid is larger, hard, and non-mobile. ...Read more
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