Babies Like To Hold Their Head Behind Their Ears?
My baby is 3 months old, often holds the head behind the left ear, and has difficulty drinking breastmilk or often refuses to drink breastmilk when waking up. Even though her child doesn’t have a fever and there isn’t any discharge from the ear? Thank you
Babies who often hold their heads around the ears are not always caused by otitis media / infection and inflammation in the middle ear. Otitis media in infants can cause complaints of fever, the child looks in pain, fussing, hearing loss such as not looking at the source of sound, fatigue, babies often hold their heads around the ears, and discharge from the ear.
Apart from otitis media, babies who often hold the ear area can also be affected by the presence of ear wax, foreign objects in the ear, itching of the ear or skin around the ear, and external ear infection.
Regarding breast milk, as long as the baby is still breastfeeding, for example, during sleep, weight gain is good, not limp, no fever, and the baby looks healthy and active, then you don't need to worry. Infants who do not want to breastfeed can be caused because the baby is full, the baby is tired, very sleepy, decreased milk production or very heavy flow, confused nipples such as accustomed to drinking breast milk with a pacifier, problems with attachment, distraction by other things, and the baby is sick .
For the time being you can do the following tips:
Try looking at the ear canal and the area around the baby's ear if there are wounds, ear wax, red spots, or other conditions. Try changing breastfeeding. Keep the nipples clean. Try to stay calm and not panic in front of the baby when the baby doesn't want to suckle. More often skin to skin Apply nipple area with breast milk when going to breastfeed If you see dirt, redness, or foreign objects in the ear or if the baby's weight down and difficult to rise, the baby is weak, looks sick, or fever, you should check your baby to the doctor so you can be examined directly to ensure the condition of your baby. Furthermore, the baby can be given more appropriate handling.
Hope it helps you,