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Why does my baby keep pulling on her ears?

Why does my baby keep pulling on her ears?

Pleasure or pain: Babies pull, rub, scratch, and grab everything they can get their hands on. Most of the time they are exploring and testing new 'toys.' sometimes, though, it can be a sign of discomfort. If she is otherwise happy, playful, and doing her normal things, she may have a little extra wax or just having fun. If she is fussy, she may have ear or jaw pain, so that would be a good reason to see her pcp. ...Read more

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What can you use for babies ears when they are teething? She just started teething and she's been pulling on her ears a lot. She is 10 months.

What can you use for babies ears when they are teething? She just started teething and she's been pulling on her ears a lot. She is 10 months.

Tylenol:ibuprofen>6m: Kids occasionally have transferred discomfort to the ears when they teeth. Tylenol may provide some relief for those under 6m, while I prefer ibuprofen over 6 mo when it is considered safe in infants. ...Read more

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I got my infant her ears pierced 3 m ago. I noticed some scar tissue above one of the pierced earlobes. Can that be a keloid? Can it go away naturally?

I got my infant her ears pierced 3 m ago. I noticed some scar tissue above one of the pierced earlobes. Can that be a keloid? Can it go away naturally?

Yes and probably not: You are probably right about the Keloid if you are familiar with them and you think it might look like one. It might be more likely to resolve without the foreign body in there. Keloids tend not to go away; they tend to be a problem. If this were my baby, especially if your family has tendency to "keloid" I'd take them out. ...Read more

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Baby was pulling her ears for a month but last night she was crying and pulling her ear...what could it be? Is it teething or ear infection

Baby was pulling her ears for a month but last night she was crying and pulling her ear...what could it be? Is it teething or ear infection

Ears: You can not tell without checking the ear out. You can have low grade fever with teething and infection. Higher fevers would usually be an infection. If the child does not stop crying would have the pediatrician evaluate for infection. ...Read more

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My baby is almost 4 months. My husband wants to get her ears pierced, how do we go about it?

My baby is almost 4 months. My husband wants to get her ears pierced, how do we go about it?

Some pediatricians: Piercing ears in infants is a good time to do it. Some pediatricians will do this procedure in their office. I do this in mine. It is a very simple procedure and very safe. So ask your doctor first. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child is 9 months and I really wanna get her ears pierced. Is it bad?

What do you suggest if my child is 9 months and I really wanna get her ears pierced. Is it bad?

Not bad: As long as you have the procedure performed at a reputable facility, your baby's vaccines are up to date, and you perform proper cleaning as instructed, you should be safe to have the piercing performed. Using the surgical steel posts (more expensive but very 'worth it') will reduce the possibility of allergic reactions. Have fun! ...Read more

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Q: baby's ears sticks out a bit. What options are there to encourage her ears grow closer to head. She sleeps on her back and wakes up very read.

Q: baby's ears sticks out a bit. What options are there to encourage her ears grow closer to head. She sleeps on her back and wakes up very read.

2 unrelated problems: The lop ears or ear cartilage that "stick out" is most likely developmental and I do not think you can do anything about it. When your baby is older, say 6 or 7, that minor deformity can be surgically corrected by a plastic surgeon. The redness that occurs is independent of the ear anatomy. Consult your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is it good for a 7month old baby to get her ears pierced?

Is it good for a 7month old baby to get her ears pierced?

No: I've seen young children with pierced ears whose earlobes have been torn during rough play with siblings. Metal allergies can be an issue, and if improperly fastened, the child may pull off and eat. I counsel my parents to let their children decide if they want pierced ears when the child is old enough to care for it themselves. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child just got her ears pierced now one is infected!?

What do you suggest if my child just got her ears pierced now one is infected!?

See her doctor.: You should take her to see her doctor. Sometimes, earlobes can appear infected after ear piercing, but they are actually having a contact reaction to the earrings. If there is an infection, the earring may need to be removed and she may need an oral antibiotic. Her doctor should be able to diagnose the problem and prescribe appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Is it safe for my 2 month old baby to get her ears pierced or do I have to wait longer?

Is it safe for my 2 month old baby to get her ears pierced or do I have to wait longer?

Some done earlier: There is no age limit on the earpiercing, but generally advisable to avoid such when baby is ill/sick, having fever, not eating/drinking etc. Otherwise, go ahead and maker her more beatiful. Just make sure you follow the care-instruction carefully to avoid infection etc... Congrats on the new princess and good luck. ...Read more

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My baby got her ears pierce and now they're red, swollen, and black gooey stuff. Can it be a infection?

My baby got her ears pierce and now they're red, swollen, and black gooey stuff. Can it be a infection?

Possibly: An infection is the most likely answer. Less likely would be an allergy to the nickel. You should have her seen by a doctor and her earrings need to be removed ...Read more

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Why do babies pull their ears so much when teething and is it ok to give them pain killers 3-4 days in a row?

Why do babies pull their ears so much when teething and is it ok to give them pain killers 3-4 days in a row?

Call Pediatrician: I suggest that you take your child to a pediatrician to make sure there is no ear infection. I also would not give my child painkillers for teething, even for one day. Have him\her chew on a chilled teething ring. At least call your pediatrician and ask for advice. ...Read more

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My 8mo baby takes a bath sitting, and when I rinse, I pour water from her head. Is it fine? Wont the water get inside her ears?

My 8mo baby takes a bath sitting, and when I rinse, I pour water from her head. Is it fine? Wont the water get inside her ears?

Won't hurt...: If you are concerned, you should help minimize getting water in her ear by shielding it and pouring the water more on that side of her head, and then do the same thing on the opposite side of her head protecting her other ear. Even if she gets some water in her ear, it will eventually drain out and dry. ...Read more

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Is it good for a 6 month old baby girl to get her ears pierced?

Is it good for a 6 month old baby girl to get her ears pierced?

NO, but not BAD: It is neither good nor bad. It is purely cosmetic and to enhance your enjoyment of your child. I would strongly recommend you seek out a pediatrician that does ear piercing using sterile medical plastic studs with decorative tops. Mall earring studs have many metal components and are not sterile. This leads to the potential of infection and metal allergies that will haunt the child for life. ...Read more

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My daughter has dry cracked skin behind her ears. It hurts her when I pull lightly or wash them in the tub. What can be done to help?

My daughter has dry cracked skin behind her ears. It hurts her when I pull lightly or wash them in the tub. What can be done to help?

Dry skin ears: Try emollient cream (moisturizing) during day & petroleum jelly at night. If that helps but needs more, mix in small dab of Cortaid (hydrocortisone) but use very sparingly. If still not improved, see pediatrician. ...Read more

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My mother inlaw is 55 and sharp noises hurt her ears like dropping a baby toy why could that be?

My mother inlaw is 55 and sharp noises hurt her ears like dropping a baby toy why could that be?

Hyperacusis: She has hyperacusis, of which there is cochlear type and vestibular type. In vestibular type certain sounds can cause vertigo and falling. The cochlear type is limited to sound. It may be the result of traumatic brain injury, metabolic diseases, auto immune diseases and others. ...Read more

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Baby acne on her cheeks behInd her ears & all over her head normal? Not spreadIng to body but seems worse somedays could my dIet be cause? Fast food?

Baby acne on her cheeks behInd her ears & all over her head normal? Not spreadIng to body but seems worse somedays could my dIet be cause? Fast food?

Seborrheic derm: Not baby acne, more likely seborrheic dermatitis (cradle cap). Use aquaphor to all affected areas and gently scrape out the crust. Probably not an allergic reaction. The good news is that they grow out of it. Attach a pic if you can :) ...Read more

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My 8 week baby has a skin tag on her cheek and a cartlidge next to it near her ears?

My 8 week baby has a skin tag on her cheek and a cartlidge next to it near her ears?

It happens: The outer ear is formed by the joining of several such collections of skin/cartilage. By itself it is just a curiosity that will never hurt the kid. If it hung off like a regular skin tag in a thin string like stalk it could be tied off with a suture.It would fall off from lack of circulation.When they have a thick base, they can be taken off by a simple surgical procedure later. ...Read more

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My month old baby has a rash all over her face esp bad near her eyes, all around her ears neck, it's spreading, a yellow liquid comes from it too?

My month old baby has a rash all over her face esp bad near her eyes, all around her ears neck, it's spreading, a yellow liquid comes from it too?

Facial rash: Given your baby's young age, best to have doctor check out the rash. Yellow liquid from the rash is concerning that it may be more than a simple rash. ...Read more