Posted by: Concerned | 2004/09/27


Ear infection

My 9 month old boy keeps touching his ears but doesn't complain - does he have an ear infection? Is there anything I can do for this , instead of going to the doctor? He is teething and has a slight runny nose.

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A serious middle ear infection is always accompanied by fever. In the absence of fever you can observe this at home. If it persists for more than a few weeks it will need evaluation to ensure that there isn't an accumulation of fluid behind the eardrum.

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Posted by: Sally | 2004/09/27

My 6 month old also plays with her ears and rubs her eyes she does it when she is going to sleep. We took her for her 6month check up and she does have an ear infection but the doctor also said most times kids play with there ears when they go to sleep. He also said that babies cry alot and are very upset if they have ear infections. So hopefully your baby is not crying alot.

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