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Why does my 6 month old rub her ears?

Why does my 6 month old rub her ears?

Exploring: 6 month olds are all about exploring their bodies. If your child doesn't have a fever, doesn't appear to be in pain, and is otherwise acting/eating/drinking normally, i would not be concerned. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my 6 month old has an ear infection?

How can I tell if my 6 month old has an ear infection?

Sometimes hard: If your child has had congestion for over a week and now is more fussy, has a fever, is sleeping poorly, then it is more likely. A visit is necessary to best diagnose and confirm this infection. ...Read more

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My 6 month old possibly has an ear ache. What can I do to help relieve it until she goes to her pedi on mon.?

My 6 month old possibly has an ear ache. What can I do to help relieve it until she goes to her pedi on mon.?

Ibuprofen: Give Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Apply warmth to ear (warm wash cloth or even your hand). May consider placing local anesthetic drops (sold over the counter). If she develops fever or pain seems to get worst take to an er. ...Read more

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My 6 month old baby has been on anti- twice this month and he's still pulling and rubbing his ears nothing seems to help all antibiotic has finished?

My 6 month old baby has been on anti- twice this month  and he's still pulling and rubbing his ears nothing seems to help all antibiotic has finished?

Persistent fluid: Your doctor needs to actually look at the ear and see if the infection has cleared up or not and whether there is persistent fluid left over after the infection. The infection may have cleared, but fluid can persist and that fluid can hang around for several months. If there is no redness, visible pus, fever and doc thinks infection has cleared, then need to watchfully wait and see if fluid clears. ...Read more

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My 6 month old keeps grabbing his ear when he cries or when the dog barks. He doesn't act sick or have a fever. He is teething. Infected ear?

My 6 month old keeps grabbing his ear when he cries or when the dog barks. He doesn't act sick or have a fever. He is teething. Infected ear?

Could be infecion: Crying causes increase pressure in ears, lound noise causes eardrum to vibrate etc..Thus can increase pain. If there is an infection, the drum area is more sensitive to pressure and thus things that cause changes here can increase pain, hence child is pulling and crying. I would have him evaluated. Since he is only 6 months, antibiotic is often recommended. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for an ear infection to cause permanent hearing loss in my 6 month old?

How long is it supposed to it take for an ear infection to cause permanent hearing loss in my 6 month old?

Depends: During any ear infection a kid will have temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the ear for up to 4-6 wks. If the infection & muck is not cleared out within 90 days that muck can turn to a glue like material.Some infections clear without meds, some benefit from having the muck removed & ventilation tubes placed. Most hearing will return to baseline if the ear bones don't stick together. ...Read more

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My 6 month old baby has had dark hard wax coming out if his ear for the past 2 weeks he also had an ear infection and was on antib- should I worry?

My 6 month old baby has had dark hard wax coming out if his ear for the past 2 weeks he also had an ear infection and was on antib- should I worry?

Not to worry: It is great the hard wax is coming out of his ears on its own ! finish the antibiotics and follow up with your pediatrician as scheduled . If you are still concerned , address this at follow up ...Read more