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tugging at ear What if... 2 kids; Ontario 4587 posts
20th Feb '13

my daughter who is 5.5 months old has been rubbing/grabbing./tugging at her left ear for the past several days and I didn't think anything of it but her development worker today suggested it could be sore/infected.
I kind of thought she just.. found her ear lol and she can't grab her right ear so I didn't think much of it just being the one side.
she's also teething right now if that matters



is the ear rubbing cause for concern? should I be taking her to the pedi?



thanks in advance!

Mom of 4 Little Boys! 4 kids; 2 angel babies; Hillsboro, Oregon 4385 posts
20th Feb '13

Whenever my kids grabbed their ear as babies it meant they were teething. It wouldn't hurt to get her checked out just to make sure it isn't an infection though.

mmmc15 4 kids; 2 angel babies; Wyoming 708 posts
20th Feb '13

I would have her checked. My 2nd always did that when her ears were infected. Is she running a fever? Have a runny nose?

talexys 1 child; Ontario 1138 posts
20th Feb '13

My daughter always tugs at her ear when she`s tired.

What if... 2 kids; Ontario 4587 posts
20th Feb '13
Quoting mmmc15:" I would have her checked. My 2nd always did that when her ears were infected. Is she running a fever? Have a runny nose?"


she has no other symptoms of an infection at all

Man in stockings 1 child; Colorado 2766 posts
20th Feb '13
Quoting Dallas ♥ Isla:" my daughter who is 5.5 months old has been rubbing/grabbing./tugging at her left ear for the past several ... [snip!] ... right now if that matters is the ear rubbing cause for concern? should I be taking her to the pedi? thanks in advance!"


my son was doing that and at his check up the doc check them and they were fine. He'd do it every time he was having a fit which would lead someone to assume ear infection. If she isn't showing any other signs but pulling on it I wouldn't worry about it.

Wolfskrieger 17 kids; Morgan Hill, California 1564 posts
20th Feb '13

I always took my son in when he tugs at his ear 75% of the time it ended up being an ear infection or his throat was sore.

mmmc15 4 kids; 2 angel babies; Wyoming 708 posts
20th Feb '13
Quoting Dallas ♥ Isla:" she has no other symptoms of an infection at all"

I wouldn't worry too much then. My LO gets cranky as hell when she has one too.

miss mandiie 1 child; Windsor, Ontario 1816 posts
20th Feb '13

aubrey pulls at her ears while shes teething, maybe Isla has a tooth coming !

What if... 2 kids; Ontario 4587 posts
20th Feb '13
Quoting miss mandiie:" aubrey pulls at her ears while shes teething, maybe Isla has a tooth coming !"


she does! the bottom two are just about to break through