Does your Baby Tug the Ear?
Ear infection in babies are common, especially after flu, cold, sinus infection or allergies. Many babies will not require any antibiotics and can be treated with home remedies, such as acetaminophen, warm compresses, and drinking more fluids. Ear infections, which can affect the ear canal or the middle ear, are common in babies. According to a study, 23 percent of babies will experience at least one ear infection by the time they are 12 months old. Ear infections tend to start either with an unhealthful bacterial growth or a viral infection, such as a common cold.
Babies at the age of six months and twelve months old are more prone to ear infections than older children and adults because of their undeveloped immune system and the size and shape of their eustachian tubes. Ear infections are caused by a bacteria or virus and lead to fluid buildup in the eustachian tubes, which prevents them from draining normally from the middle ear.
Ear tugging is not anything to be concerned much about. It might be a sign that your baby is tired or his ears are blocked with wax. If you think it might be due to any ear infection, consult your doctor immediately. Ear tugging can also be a sign of middle ear infection or external ear infection.
What is ear infection?
If your baby cries more than usual, and tugs at ear, he may have an ear infection. An ear infection, or acute otitis media, is a painful inflammation of the middle ear. Most middle ear infections occur between the ear drum and the eustachian tube, which connects the ears, nose, and throat.