Children younger than 2 to 3 years old may be too young to tell you
when they are in pain. Pulling at the ears may be a sign of ear discomfort,
especially if other symptoms, such as a fever, are also present. Other reasons
that a young child may pull at his or her ears include:
Itching in the ear canal from soap or
Earwax compacted in the ear canal. This may occur when a
caregiver cleans the ear with a sharp object, such as a cotton swab, finger
nail, or bobby pin.
Fluid in the middle ear (effusion) without
Having recently discovered his or her ears.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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