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Why Does My Baby Pull Her Ear
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Likes Being naked: It is important to make sure the diaper is not too tight or rubbing the inner thighs or along the hips. Some babies really do not like being clothed and others love it. . If the diapers are not too tight, and no rash issues, and baby quits crying after a little bit, it is most likely (s)he doesn't like being in diapers and will adjust with time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why does my baby constantly twitch her head? It sometimes looks like she's trying to touch her ear to her shoulder..
Needs to be checked: We need more information as to how old is the baby , what kind of delivery you had etc.And baby needs to be examined and may need some tests. So consult your babies pediatrician. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Babies / toddlers pull at their ears for many reasons, including ear infections. But unlike the sensory nerves on the outside of our bodies, the pain and sensory nerves on the inside (including the ear) are vague for location. The nerves that go to the ear also go to the teeth, the throat and tonsil area, among other places. The most common cause for ear-pulling is teething. If in doubt, see ped. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If My Toddler Jumps on My Pregnant Belly, Will It Hurt My Baby? He keeps poking at it slapping it is my baby okay in there ? My baby hides from him
Maybe: There is a lot of cushioning in there and the baby is surrounded by amniotic fluid. However, constant jumping or trauma to the belly is not a good idea. It is a good idea to discourage these negative actions to your toddler, remember that baby wont have the protection of your womb much longer! Try Time outs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
To sooth himself: Head banging is a rhythmic movement that soothes the child. Replacing another rhythmic movement like beating on a toy drum, clapping with music, dancing, riding a rocking horse could help. Be sure the environment is safe, they outgrow it by time. There are a few exceptions of children with cerebral palsy, autism or down syndrome which may last long. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exploration: Babies explore their world with their mouths. Also, their hands are the first things they can get to their mouths. The two fit hand in glove to create an important developmental milestone. It can also be a sign of teething, and something infants do to soothe themselves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely to be pbm: Water from bathing can easily be drawn from the canal by putting the edge of a dry cloth at the opening. Infants create wax that coats the ear canal walls and bathwater seldom if ever creates any problems.I have not seen an infected canal from bathwater in decades. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
"Wink" or "Blink" ?: If she winks with one eye, something may be in it or irritating it. If both blink & water when she's outside on sunny days, it could be from congenital cataracts. If she blinks all the time, it could be from other issues. Ask your pediatrician for a referral to a pediatric ophthalmologist if (s)he can't tell if there's a problem or not. I'll also refer your question to our experts in that field. ...Read more
Teething: Teething babies often will put their hands in their mouths to make themselves feel better. Other signs of teething include if they are drooling as well, or tugging at their ears (nerves to the jawbone are shared with the ear which can lead babies to tug at their ears). It may be just exploring their environment too. Just make sure her hands are clean! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The mouth is...: ...The major sensory organ for small children, and since food is close to the top of a very short list of needs that babies have, the question, "is it edible?", is a very important one to every baby. "is it fashionable to wear" and "does it have 4g" are questions that come up at a somewhat later age. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cry in sleep: Infants go through different stages of sleep at night just as adults do, just different amounts of time in different stages. In certain stages of sleep, people often make noise - talking, grunting, etc. A baby's communication is crying - so it is there way of talking in their sleeep. The trick is not to respond right away - if you touch/jostle etc they may wake up. Let alone to keep sleeping! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Separation Anxiety: When a baby is 7 to 12 months old, a very important stage in development occurs called "object permanence". What this means is now your baby can remember and recreate images in her mind. She knows you exist even if she does not see you. But when we leave, and since they do not have a sense of time, it is stressful for them as they do not understand we will come back, causing separation anxiety. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Distracted: Occasionally your baby may not be hungry and just wants to pacify so staying on the breast is not as important. She may then pull away at any distraction around her at that moment. This can occur even if she is hungry, but getting older, and therefore more aware of her surroundings, pulling away to a sound or see something close to where you are feeding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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