How Can You Help?
If your baby is pulling at his ears, acting fussy or refusing to sleep and eat regularly, you'll need to decide whether an infant ear infection or teething is to blame. If you suspect an ear infection (cold-like symptoms are a dead giveaway), contact your pediatrician. Your baby may need antibiotics to help get rid of the infection.
If you're confident your baby is indeed just teething, you'll still need to address the pain to help your little one stay comfortable. Try dipping the corner of a washcloth in water, and freezing it to create a simple and effective teething ring. Babies with sore gums can also benefit from dental massage, suggests Mayo Clinic, so grab a soft-bristled infant brush like My First Colgate™ and massage the gums with some water or fluoride-free toothpaste.
In both cases, ibuprofen can be used to reduce swelling and discomfort; just make sure to check the package directions for dosing. Teething and ear infections are common parts of your baby's first year, though they're generally unrelated. By working with your pediatrician, you can address both issues for your baby and make for a happy, healthy early childhood.