Childhood Diseases

Posted by: 1st time Mom | 2009-03-24



Hi Doc,

1. What can I do to recognise the signs of an ear infection in an infant of about 5mnths. I would notice that he wil very seldomly touch &  pull his ear. His rarely does this and if he does it its only when he drinks.Just for interest sake what could I use if he has an infection.

Expert's Reply



The usual signs are a high fever and your baby will pull at his ear and cry a lot because of pain. Other than giving your baby something for pain and fever such as infant Panado, there is nothing that you can do at home to treat an ear infection. If you suspect that your baby has an ear infection, he needs to be seen by his paediatrician.

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Posted by: Jojo | 2009-03-24

Hi 1st time mom, Just for interests sake my son (nearly 4) tugged his ear softly when he was drinking his bottle. Even now he pulls it when he' s tired and it' s a soothing action for him. If you say he' s only doing it when drinking it could be an infection but if he' s not in pain then it could well be just a self-soothing action.
Believe me if he had an infection he would let you know. Crying in pain when drinking or lying down, or even if you touch the gland below his ear, fevers etc. But if you' re not convinced, just take him to the clinic or GP and get them to check. Rather safe than sorry.

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