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My 5 month old child keeps playing with his ear I cleaned them out but he still doing it could you give an idea what it is?
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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics
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In brief: Playing with body!
If his ears have been checked out and there is no evidence of infection or fluid, it may not be any illness or problem at all.
He may have discovered he has ears! my guess is when you take his diaper off, he's playing with other body parts as well. At this age they are developing fine motor controls and can touch and feel things sticking out from their bodies to ge to know themselves.

In brief: Playing with body!
If his ears have been checked out and there is no evidence of infection or fluid, it may not be any illness or problem at all.
He may have discovered he has ears! my guess is when you take his diaper off, he's playing with other body parts as well. At this age they are developing fine motor controls and can touch and feel things sticking out from their bodies to ge to know themselves.
Dr. Holly Maes
Dr. Holly Maes
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: A couple of things
A 5mo may be feeling a bit of pressure in his ear like you do coming in to land at the airport, or fluid trapped behind the eardrum. He could have discomfort transferred to his ear during teething or from a low grade ear infection.
If it persists, an exam can help sort out the possibilities. If baby is playful & happy most of the day, i would do it when convenient, not urgently.

In brief: A couple of things
A 5mo may be feeling a bit of pressure in his ear like you do coming in to land at the airport, or fluid trapped behind the eardrum. He could have discomfort transferred to his ear during teething or from a low grade ear infection.
If it persists, an exam can help sort out the possibilities. If baby is playful & happy most of the day, i would do it when convenient, not urgently.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: Habit
It could be normal.
If no associated symptoms like fever, irritability, or URI symptoms then probably normal.

In brief: Habit
It could be normal.
If no associated symptoms like fever, irritability, or URI symptoms then probably normal.
Dr. Marina Armendariz
Dr. Marina Armendariz
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