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My baby has been pulling at their ears and seems irritable - could this be a sign of an ear infection and how should I handle it?

Hello everyone,

I am a first-time parent and I am a bit worried about my 7-month-old baby. I have noticed that they are pulling at their ears quite often and seem a bit irritable. I have tried to soothe them but it doesn't seem to work. I am concerned that this could be a sign of an ear infection.

Can anyone share their experience with similar symptoms in their child? How did you handle it and what steps did you take to treat it? I am also wondering if I should take my baby to the doctor for a check-up.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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Hi there,

I recently went through the same situation with my 8-month-old son. He was pulling at his ears and seemed uncomfortable. After consulting with his pediatrician, we found out that he had an ear infection. The doctor prescribed antibiotics for him and we were able to treat it quickly.

I would recommend taking your baby to the doctor for a check-up as ear infections can be painful and affect their ability to hear. In the meantime, you can try using a warm compress on their ear or providing them with some over-the-counter pain relief medication, as directed by their doctor.

It's also important to keep an eye on their behavior and see if there are any other symptoms such as fever or trouble sleeping. Always trust your instincts as a parent and don't hesitate to reach out to your pediatrician if you're concerned.

Hope this helps and wishing your baby a speedy recovery!


Hello everyone,

I understand how concerning it can be when your little one is not feeling well. My daughter had similar symptoms at around 8 months, where she was pulling on her right ear and had a fever. We took her to the pediatrician, and it was confirmed that she had an ear infection.

She was given some antibiotics, which we administered as per instructions, along with some other pain relief medication for her fever. We also used a warm compress to help soothe her ear and kept her elevated while sleeping to help with the fluid buildup.

After a week, her symptoms improved, and she was feeling much better without any side effects from the medication. I would recommend monitoring your baby's symptoms closely and making sure to follow the doctor's instructions regarding medication, rest, and nutrition.

Remember that ear infections are common in infants, and most are treated quickly and easily with a careful and thorough approach.

I hope this helps, and wishing your baby a speedy recovery!


Hello everyone,

When my daughter was about 9 months old, she was also pulling at her ears and seemed to be quite fussy. Initially, I thought it was due to teething, but then I noticed that she had a fever, and her appetite was declining. I became concerned and took her to see the pediatrician, who diagnosed her with an ear infection.

The doctor prescribed antibiotics which we gave to her as directed, and we also made sure to give her plenty of fluids and help her sleep in an elevated position to aid with the congested sinuses. In a few days, she started to become more comfortable and her fever subsided.

I would definitely advise you to visit a doctor to get a proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations. It's important to keep a lookout for other symptoms such as fever, trouble sleeping, irritability, trouble hearing, and other fussiness. Remember to follow your parental instincts and don't hesitate to contact your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your baby.

Best of luck and I hope your little one feels better soon!



I am also a new mother and I remember when my son was around 10 months old, he was pulling on his ears and had an ear infection. He was also somewhat irritable and had a fever. After seeing his pediatrician, I was told that he had fluid buildup in his ear canal.

To treat the infection, he was prescribed antibiotics which helped quite a bit. We also used a warm compress on his ear to help relieve some of the pain. It took a few days for him to feel better but I continued to monitor him closely.

I know it's hard to see your little one in pain, but it's better to be cautious and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Better to be safe than sorry as sometimes the infection gets worse or leads to further health complications.

Hope this helps!



I have experienced the same situation with my son when he was around 7 months old. He kept pulling at his ears and seemed to be generally uncomfortable. When I took him to the pediatrician, she confirmed that he had an ear infection.

She prescribed antibiotics that he took, and we also used a warm compress to help ease his discomfort, along with pain relief medication for his fever. He was finally able to get a good night's sleep and wake up feeling better.

I would advise you to stay in close contact with your pediatrician and follow their advice on how to provide the best care for your little one, as each child can react differently to medications and treatments.

I hope that your baby feels better soon!


Hey there,

I have had a similar experience with my 6-month-old daughter who had an ear infection. She was pulling on her ears and constantly fussy, and I initially thought that it was just a phase because she was teething. But as those symptoms persisted, I took her to the pediatrician and they confirmed that it was an ear infection.

For treating the infection, the doctor prescribed antibiotics which my daughter took for a few days. We also made her sleep in a more upright position to help with the sinus pressure and used a saline nasal spray to help with her congestion.

In my opinion, it's better to take your baby to see a doctor to get a definite diagnosis and prescription for any medication that may be needed.

Hope this helps!



I wanted to share my experience with my son when he was around 6 months old. Like your baby, he was pulling on his ears and seeming irritable. He didn't have a fever, though. We brought him to the pediatrician, and they found out that he had fluid in his ears, but it wasn't infected yet. The doctor recommended a wait-and-see approach and to monitor him closely.

We were also advised to give him plenty of fluids and encourage him to swallow often as it can help relieve ear pressure. We also used a warm washcloth to help soothe his ears. After a few days, the fluid had cleared, and he was feeling much better without the need for any medication.

I advise you to keep an eye on your baby's symptoms and to consult their pediatrician to either rule out or confirm an ear infection as the cause of the fussiness.

Take care!

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