Baby Ear Infection

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Poor baby…does your ear ache? Well, Mommy shares your pain and would like to take it away. You don’t even understand what is happening to you. But that is why God gave you a Mommy: I do understand.

Breastfed baby getting ear infections

The sucking during breastfeeding can also cause pain when baby has an ear infection, which could result in your baby crying a lot during nursing. A breastfed baby may stop nursing when an ear infection sets in. Read more on nursing strikes here.

Breastfed babies have a reduced risk of ear infection. It is advised that you breastfeed even more often if possible, this will help your baby deal with the pain and discomfort.

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Baby Ear Infection Symptoms

My baby scratches her ear! Baby ear infection is just no fun for anyone involved, that is why it is important to be equipped with knowledge and the ability to recognize the ear infection symptoms so as to come in at the right time with the right remedy. Thus, you may circumvent the infection altogether or shorten the duration.

These are the chief signs of ear infection in babies:

1. A change in baby’s mood. Is your usually cheery baby suddenly grumpy and irritable? If the answer is yes, this should immediately alert you to the fact that there could be an ear infection brewing.

2. If baby looks unusually flushed, you must surely take note. Feel the forehead and put your baby’s palm against your cheek. If he/she feels  unusually hot, you should be fishing out that thermometer right about now. A fever is a good indicator that there could be an inner ear infection.

3. If your baby has just had a cold or sinuses issue, you should be extra watchful as an ear infection often follows hot on the heels of one of these.

4. If baby is fussing and you cannot explain why, then it could be a strong sign of ear infection.

5. Has baby’s appetite changed? Has the amount of intake gone down? This is also a certain sign that an infection could be coming on.

6. If your baby has developed an interest in his ears all of a sudden; pulling, tugging, or scratching, it could very well be much more than curiosity. Particularly note if he/she seems frustrated.

7. The bug that causes ear infection can also cause a bad stomach or vomiting by affecting the gastrointestinal tract.

8. Is baby pulling away from the bottle or breast after a few sips? This could be because of an ear infection, which makes sucking and swallowing difficult.

9. If there is an unpleasant smell being emitted by the ear, that’s a huge clue.

10. A white or yellow secretion from the ear is a sure sign of infection and/or a small hole in the eardrum.

11. If your baby is having trouble sleeping, it could show that all is not well in inner ear land.

12. My toddler has ear infection and stopped walking! Your toddler may seem to stop walking for a while due to the ear infection causing an imbalance in equilibrium.

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Baby ear protection

Prevention is better than cure. So use the ounce- of- preparation approach and give your little one the best baby ear protection possible.

It will serve you very well to prevent your baby's ear infection rather than trying to remedy it after it appears. Why put junior through the agony?

Natural treatment for baby ear infections...

Here are preventive measures that will ensure your baby’s ears stay healthy:

1. Yes, we know bath times are challenging enough without having to bother about keeping water out of your little one’s ears: but please do it. It is all about positioning your baby and using a mug to control where the water goes. You could also use a soft shower cap pulled over baby’s ears.

2. If you are one of those athletic mums who make the others jealous with their boundless energy and take their little ones swimming, please use soft ear plugs on baby: you don’t want that pool water getting in. Don’t push them in too deep.

3. If you are applying creams and sunscreen to your baby, yes, do so on the outer ear and beware of any getting inside.

4. Reduce pacifier use. It is said that babies who use pacifiers are more prone to ear infection.

5. Use a hat on baby for your strolls outside. Make sure the ears are covered so an elastic band is a good thing. This will protect the ears from debris or from environmental elements.

6. Natural ear infection remedies for babies:

  • If your baby’s ears are not leaking liquid or pus, then you can use some warm olive oil...this is soothing.
  • The amber teething necklace can help with any pain related symptoms. It is traditionally used for teething.
  • Don’t be too much of a keen ear cleaner! So, you see some wax peeking out where it shouldn’t be? Yes, it might gross you out, but wax is good stuff, it is what protects your baby’s ears. Never clean inside the ear. Just outside the canal is plenty.

Run all the data against your gut instinct but, please, don’t be too paranoid. Relax, and so will baby.

By Rapha's Angel

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Need more information about ear infections. Read WebMD ear infection facts. 


Other pages on "breastfeeding problems" in connection with this page

- Teething and teething remedies

- Breastfeeding a sick baby

- Baby fusses at the breast

- Reasons why babies cry

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