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Old 11-04-2012, 06:33 PM   #1
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Wwyd- ear infection

I'm fairly certain my 7 month old has an ear infection. DH noticed him pulling on his ear on Friday and this afternoon he was definitely doing it more. He doesn't seem to be in pain, no fever, normal behavior. He has had a minor cold so far, but nothing that I thought required a trip to the doctor. Should I call and bring him in tomorrow or am I a bad parent for just waiting it out at this point?
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It's hard to say. If it's not otherwise bothering him I might wait it out, but there's always the risk it will rupture and you'll be stuck with a baby screaming in pain in the middle of the night...you just never know...
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:37 PM   #3
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Re: Wwyd- ear infection

When my DD was that age the Dr said the newest research said to wait 48 hrs before treating an ear infection b/c a huge percentage clear up on their own
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A few times we thought my son had an ear infection but turns out it was just from teething.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:52 PM   #5
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A few times we thought my son had an ear infection but turns out it was just from teething.
This. if it were an ear infection he would have a fever and would be realllllly cranky and probably not sleep well
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:08 PM   #6
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This. if it were an ear infection he would have a fever and would be realllllly cranky and probably not sleep well
Not necessarily. My kids have never run fevers with ear infections. And my DDs ear ruptured, she didn't complain, or anything. Playing with her ears, and having a sniffly nose/cold was her only signs.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:57 PM   #7
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Not necessarily. My kids have never run fevers with ear infections. And my DDs ear ruptured, she didn't complain, or anything. Playing with her ears, and having a sniffly nose/cold was her only signs.
My son must be high maintenance! Haha
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Re: Wwyd- ear infection

if you're breastfeeding, you can put some in his ears.

but it could just be teething, especially without any other symptoms. Either way, BM won't hurt.
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I would take him in tomorrow. I recently had ear infection and it was horrible. It hurt so bad. I will not wait it out and make my kids suffer.
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I would wait out out. He's more likely to get actually sick from germs at the doctor's office, and research seems to show that antibiotics are overkill for most ear infections, sinus infections, etc. and both of my kids have pulled their ears for no discernable reason.
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