What Causes Ear Infections Water Getting In Ear

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ImpatientMommy - November 28

Does water getting in the baby's ear cause an ear infection or can it? My daughter takes her baths on one of those bath pillow type things so she's kinda laying down and her ears to make contact with the water sometimes. Should I try to advoid this or is it okay? I don't want her to get an ear infection! Are there signs when they do have one?

 

DB - November 28

Not necessarily. Most ear infections are actually caused by colds and other viruses. Babies tubes are more parellel to the ground (where as ours are like 45 degrees downward), so if they get a cold and get a bit congested it can cause e.i.'s...My dd just got over e.i. #5 since August and is getting tubes next week (finally!!). So, I think your LO is ok! Lots of babies take swimming lessons and get water in the ears all the time...not that I'm saying TRY to get water in the ears, KWIM?!?!? Hope that helps!

 

ImpatientMommy - November 28

Thanks! I was a little worried. Her ears kinda go in and out of the water during her baths just a little though not like fully submerged. How do you know when they do have an ear infection or can you only tell when the doctor checks their ears?

 

DDT - November 28

No that's a myth...water getting into your lo's ears cannot cause a ear infection. My ds took swimming lessons at 5-6 months old and we dunked him under the water several times...it was part of the lesson to get them used to the water. He hasn't had a ear infection yet (9 months old)...watch I've just jinxed myself! lol!

 

DB - November 28

Well, for my dd 4/5 times she's had a 102+ degree fever. Also, her sleep patterns change, she refuses most foods and most bottles and is just plain cranky! Not all babies get fevers, so if you notice crabiness, tugging at ears, congestion, excessive eye goobers, loss of appet_te, etc then it could be an e.i. Docs can spot them very easily when the look in the ears. The bad thing is sometimes teething can have similar symptoms (ear tugging, crabbiness, loss of appet_te)..Confusing huh! That is why I'm sort of glad my dd does get fevers! It's her "sign" she's definitely sick.

 

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