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Baby's Itchy Ears!

I have a 11.5 month old daughter who has itchy ears! She scratches to the point that they get all red and sometimes her fingernails make them bleed! Has anyone ever had this before and what can you do about it? I'm open to natural alternatives. I've tried garlic oil, but maybe not for long enough. Help!

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Thank you, EVERYONE for your responses! They've been very helpful! My 4 year old has a few eczema spots that are kept at bay with probiotics and I think she'll grow out of it. So I had thought that maybe that could be in my baby's ears, too. I'm going to the Health Food store today to see what the lady recommends. I'm definitely going to change shampoo after most people suggested that! I have an Arbonne account and have been contemplating using the baby line for both my girls. I know the skincare has been very beneficial for me. I'll let you know what works! Thanks again for everything! :o)

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I agree with the others, it looks likek an allergy to her shampoo. Try using another shampoo, and only wash her or wash her hair every other day.

In the mean time, put Vaseline or lotion on her ears where she scratches. This will make them itch less.

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Hi J.,

Where is the itch? Inside her ear or outside of her ear.

Have you taken her to an Ear, Eyes, and Nose Specialist?

or a Dematologist?

This needs to be looked in to professionally.

Good luck. D.

Here are a few things that might be going on....Has she ever been seen by pediatrician just for that? It could be an allergy or ear infection. It could also be the way she comforts herself. My daughter rubbed her ears, and I had her checked for everything I mentioned above. I cut her fingernails on a regular basis. Turns out my daughter was allergic to a lot of things. But overall-I would take her to the doctor before she damages her ears, because that is a classic symptom of an ear infection.
http://infant-toddler-health.suite101.com/article.cfm/inf...
Older infants and toddlers may pull on their ears when they have an ear infection. Ear infections are very painful so some toddlers may even scratch at their ears or stick their fingers in their ears. If your infant or toddler is tugging on his ears for more than a few days and exhibits unusual behavior or shows any sign of pain, he will need to be seen by the pediatrician.

http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/infant-allerg...

My FIL had this problem when he was a baby and it turned out to be eczema brought on by a dairy allergy. They took him off cow's milk formula and the problem resolved. He subsequently grew out of the dairy sensitivity. A.

I have a three year old daughter who used to scratch her ears all the time when she was about the same age as your daughter. We were watching her one day and figured out that she did it when she was stressed about something or bored. Once we started painting and doing other fun activities as well as playing with playdough she sort of stopped scratching. In order to get her ears to heal up we usually used bag balm.

L. S.

I agree with the others, it looks likek an allergy to her shampoo. Try using another shampoo, and only wash her or wash her hair every other day.

In the mean time, put Vaseline or lotion on her ears where she scratches. This will make them itch less.

It turned out to be a reaction to a milk allergy in my friend's girl so in addition to possible allergy to shampoo/soap products, it could also be a food allergy.

Just another suggestion to add to the pile!

My own ears are itchy, and the doctor said they were dry and suggested that I put a little baby oil on a q-tip to help moisturize the inside of my ears. This solution has helped me. Of course, you have to be careful not to push the q-tip too far in...

She probably has an ear infection or she could be teething. Both cause them to dig in their ears. My son has tubes and when he had all of his ear infections he dug in his ears and they were always scratched up and bleeding.

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