How do you know if it's an infection? I've been reading around here to not use even the safety q-tips (which I was using every day after bath) and that pedi's say to actually squirt water in their ears. I stopped using the q-tips a few days ago. Well, last night I noticed he was swatting at his left ear. Tonight during his bath, I gently squirted some water in his ears. My friends came over tonight and I was telling them about his ear swatting and my friend said something about sucking the water out. Was I supposed to suck it out? I totally didn't. B goes down for the night at 7 and STTN. He woke up before at 8:45 which he never does. I went in there to soothe him bc he wasn't going back down on his own. I noticed that he was swatting both ears in his crib. Did I royally screw up? When do you call the Dr? I was reading my "1st year" book and it said that not every ear infection is treated with antibiotics. It said you could give acetaminophin for any pain or discomfort. Should I give that if he's still swatting? Please don't flame for anything, FTM and IDK what to do!