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Red ear anyone??

Ok ... I am reaching out to all you mothers. It truly takes a village to raise a child and I am hoping someone in this "village" can help me.

Little Mister, our special needs child, has this weird thing happening to him. Every once in a while - ok, more often than not - one of his ears gets hot and red. Either before or soon after that he struggles. Today while he was getting his hair cut he got very agitated. He doesn't usually do this during a haircut. He seemed to get more and more frustrated and even hit our sweet Hair Girl. Once we were done he seemed better, but then on the way home the red, hot ear appeared. He then got upset and increasingly more and more agitated. By the time we got home he was done and I put him straight to bed. He was too spent to even eat.

Anyone got any ideas???? I tried to research it online and got very little. I found a red ear syndrome that I will continue to check out and then some entries on autism and food allergies. We have removed all the recommended things from his diet (dairy, food coloring, sugar - most of it - caffeine, artificial sweeteners) except for gluten. This could be a gluten allergy, but he is anything but skinny and waisting away. He is stocky and very muscular, not at all slim and skinny!!

I can find very little online ... do you have any information? Anyone heard of this before?



  1. I love Little Mister and knew from the start that he was having a bad day. Don't worry about hitting me, he was just letting me know I had entered his space too long. Besides it was more of a swat than anything.
    BTW how did he do with the "snow"?

  2. YOur blog is fantastic - I love that you say the stuff we are all really thinking!
    I would for sure look into the gluten thing. I have several friends, with and w/o autism, that have sensitivity and do not display the classic symptoms. Removing the gluten has a huge impact on many children with autism. Check out the blog of a local child's mom - she blogs about the food issue also and you can probably email her. She's VERY knowledgeable.

  3. I'm not sure if this is the same thing, but I'll share. As you know my oldest son has issues, but my youngest does not. However, when Little One gets nervous, upset, scared,mad, etc., his left ear swells on the outside and turns bright red. While getting a shot one day at the doctor, this happened and they kept him thinking it was an allergic reaction. It wasn't. It was later found out that it was a physical reaction to stress. My chest turns red and splotchy. My sister's eyes get bloodshot. Little One's ear swells and turns red. I always know when he's truly upset when I see his ear. I know, not a beacon of light here. If you find out more, please let us know. :)

  4. Just in the past couple of weeks I've noticed my 4-yr-old son's right ear turning super red out of nowhere, and it's happened about 4-5 times. But his behavior is pretty normal during those times - I'll ask him, what on earth did you do to your ear?! And he'll just look at me like he has no idea what I'm talking about.

    I always wonder if he was laying on that side or pushing his head on something (although one time it happened in the middle of mass).

    I'll be very curious to hear what you find out and read the other comments... I always wonder about gluten and food alergies.

  5. sounds like your child has a an intolerance to one or more of the following, milk wheat corn soya.

    our boy edward used to get a red ear all the time.
    we have cut the foods above
    and he is a differnt boy now.


  6. Hi, My 4 year old son also has red ear syndrome. His ear seams to turn bright red for no reason at all. It is only 1 ear at a time and he does not seem to notice it. However, I think he get wound up when this happens, at least at home. He has a sensory processing disorder, he's tall, thin, and smart,with no social skills. Were you able to find any information about red ear? And, after reading this blog I think I need to look into cutting out certain foods. Cheers

  7. I get a red hot ear lobe occasionally. I have lyme disease and it is one of the many symptoms. Has your child ever been tested for lyme? Igenix is the best lab to use. Lyme can be transfered from the womb.



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