4 months old boy | 2 years ago
How can I tell whether my baby's ear troubles are from earwax buildup or an ear infection?
2 years ago
Sometimes it's hard to tell, since a baby with earwax buildup may rub or tug at his ears, or dig in his ears with his fingers, just as if he had an ear infection. However, earwax buildup does not cause the fever and sleep troubles associated with ear infections. If there's a large amount of wax, you may be able to see it just by looking into your baby's ears. There may also be some yellow or brownish drainage. (Drainage from an ear infection, on the other hand, could be clear, milky-like pus, or bloody.) If you're at all concerned, make an appointment with your baby's doctor so she can take a closer look at things