Posted by: Richard | 2004/11/30


Not eating

Hi Doc,

My 1 year old boy is not eating his usual purity food nor other foods at all, he only drinks his bottle formula. He does not cry and is not niggly but does touch his ears often - could there be an ear infection in the inner ear ?.

Expert's Reply



A middle ear infection is usually associated with fever, but their may be fluid in the middle ear. However the most important thing is that your child is well and playful as usual. If he remains this way and gains weight as expected then I will not be too concerned. Children often have periods where they eat less, but it is important not to try and encourage them by offering unhealhty treats.

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Posted by: Mummy | 2004/12/01

my six month old daughter also does the same. I took her to the doc last week and there was nothing wrong with her, no wax build up. I thought it was also a ear infection.

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Posted by: mom | 2004/12/01

Hi There

My son is going through the same thing. I have taken him to a paed. My son sticks his fingers in his ears. The paed told me he has a lot of wax. But not to clean it out with ear buds but with olive oil (Not cooking olive oil) One drop warmed up not hot in each ear. He also told me how you can tell if your sons ears are bugging him is at night when he goes down to sleep he will wake up often crying or very niggly. When they lie down there is a lot of pressure in the ear when there is an ear infection and it causes pain.
This is what i have been told by my paed. But please if it is really bugging him take him to a paed.

Good luck
I hope i have helped a bit.

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