How to Detect Ear Infections in Babies

An ear infection is one of the most common illnesses seen in young babies. Since such an infection is likely to hit a baby even before his/her first birthday, it becomes difficult for the parents to recognize the symptoms. A baby who is too young to talk or communicate non-verbally may be left untreated for this problem as parents may not recognize the ailment at an early stage.

However, it is quite obvious for any parent to realize that ‘something’ is bothering their little one. But they need to observe the symptoms in order to know if this ‘something’ is an ear infection or not.

Here are some common symptoms of an ear infection:

Excessive Fussiness and Unusual Crying

If your baby is crying inconsolably and getting too fussy, he or she is definitely trying to convey about an illness. Anyhow, babies cry for many reasons but if you are sure that your tot is otherwise comfortable i.e. not hungry, sleepy, wet or gassy, you can check for other related syndromes like fever, runny nose or a liquid draining out from the ears.

Look for the Clues

It is natural for the parents to understand the body language of their babies. If your little one pulls or tugs his ears several times, especially while crying, it may be an ear infection. However, young babies do have a tendency to pull their ears for no reason or some other reasons. So if there is no other sign of illness or crankiness, there is probably nothing wrong with his/her ears.

Reduced Appetite and Diarrhea

When a baby goes on a nursing strike or refuses to take a feed after sipping some milk from the bottle or the breast, he or she is actually trying to indicate an illness. Diarrhea is another health issue that may occur in a baby suffering from a problem in the ear. So if your child is refusing to take feeds or passing frequent stools, you must quickly check with the doctor.

So at any instance, if you notice any of the above mentioned symptoms, you must contact your baby’s pediatrician immediately.