When I got up early Saturday, I posted on Facebook and Twitter that I thought Zoodle had another ear infection, what with all the ear-grabbing he'd done. This was not good news. He's never been prone to EIs, but he got two back-to-back recently, and I was afraid this was #3.
I got lots of advice from my online friends, such as...
- Ear tubes helped my child.
- Chiropractors can really help with ear infections.
- If he's getting repeated EIs, he may be sensitive to dairy.
- Garlic oil drops will help heal and soothe a sore ear.
- He may just be teething.
- He could just have allergies.
The Engineer got him to sleep at naptime easily. Bedtime was my job. I lay with him, and he didn't seem to be in pain. (Laying down makes ear infections a lot more uncomfortable.)
Then he patted his head/ear. Hmm. And he spoke through his binky something like,
"Put your hand on my head."
And a lightbulb went on in my brain. Sometimes when I'm helping Zoodle go to sleep, I'll rest my hand on his head, often stroking it. Lately he'd been asking me to do that. So when he was "batting his ear" last night he was actually just sleepily asking me to put my hand on his head.
I'll take affection over infection any day.