The dreaded ear pull

28 May

earpullYesterday morning Hadley started pulling on her right ear and then would let out a screech. I was not worried at first because at the same time she was trying to stuff her left fist into her mouth and when she would do this she would gag and then make the same screeching sound. Most of my morning yesterday consisted of trying to keep the fist out of the mouth- it went something like this: left fist in mouth, gagging sound, shrill cry, me pulling her hand out of her mouth, giggle, smile, tugging on right ear, screeching sound, try to put pacifier in, spit pacifier out, left fist back in mouth, gagging sound, shrill cry, me pulling fist out of mouth, BIG smile, try to distract with book, rattle, holding on my lap, tummy time, pulling on ear, shrill cry, fist back in mouth, rinse, wash, repeat. All morning. Then she just started pressing her ear with her hand and crying. Hadley rarely cries so this was considered ‘abnormal and fussy,’ behavior that I was told to watch for after her shots last Friday. So, make the call to the pediatrician and immediately the nurse says, ‘Oh no, she is pulling on her ear? She probably has an ear infection. Could you bring her in?’ Now, my side of the family has a long history of multiple ear infections so off we went to the doctor. Hadley continued to repeat her ear-fist activity from the morning for the nice nurse and doctor but once they could look at her ear- there was no infection and all was clear. The official diagnosis was either her slight congestion was putting pressure on her ears or she just discovered she has ears and is enjoying pulling on them.

While we were at the doctor she was weighed and is now 11 pounds 3 ounces. Also, she displayed her array of noises for the doctor- including humming and growling- and both the doctor and nurse were laughing. The doc was impressed with these and her early ability to roll herself onto her stomach and then freak out because she does not know what to do next. After all this excitement- this was Hadley for the rest of the afternoon.


Hadley now has more Tennessee orange gear (thanks to Jay and Tiffany). She has a whole set of socks that look like high top sneakers and Kerry was happy to discover the ‘best’ colored ones. They are pretty cute and are a perfect match to her UT onesies.

bootiesOtherwise all is well here. Kerry is back at work and his hip is feeling much better and I am going back to work very soon! More on that later.

One Response to “The dreaded ear pull”

  1. Erin May 28, 2009 at 8:22 pm #

    Wow you have a great pediatrician! Our clinic will never see them the same day although the advertise that they will. I lost it with the receptionist last week and asked her what the point was in having a Dr if you could never see her when your child is sick. She said to go to the ER. I asked her if she was going to pay the $150 co-pay and come take care of him when he picks up some random illness from the ER and she did not like that too much. So we went to the ped that saw him in the hospital after he was born because they will take any sick kid anytime.
    Elliott was doing the same thing with his ear and I of course freaked with Isabella’s history and bad ending and brought him in too with the same result. But they also told us that it can be the beginning stages of teething.
    Hadley is so darn cute and I can’t wait to see her and you and Kerry too of course! Give her a squeeze for us.

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