Here's how to tell if your baby might have an ear infection. Is your baby more likely to have an...
Here's how to tell if your baby might have an ear infection. Is your baby more likely to have an ear infection?:
- Ear infections are most common among tots between the ages of 6 months and 2 years. If your baby is under 6 months he's far less likely to have one.
- Ear infections are more common among babies when there is a family history - if you had them, your baby is more likely to have them.
- If there are smokers in the house or your child is in day care he's more likely to have an ear infection.
- Of course there are those rare babies who have none of the above issues except age. My son had many ear infection and there was no smoke, no family history, and no early day care. What he did have was wet weather. We lived in rainy, wet, chilly Humboldt, on a beach when my son was a baby and his pediatrician said the constant wet weather made him more prone to ear infections.
- Pain - look for a baby that tugs on, rubs, or generally messes around with his ears. You may not notice your baby messing with his ears, but if your baby's ears are red and or irritated looking, he may be tugging on them when you're not looking. Other noticeable signs of pain include irritability, crying, or trouble sleeping.
- If you notice that your baby has trouble hearing it could be a sign.
- Fluid draining from the ear or excessive wax build up can be other signs of infection. If you see fluid or wax avoid Q-tips to clean the ears; instead make a doctor's appointment.