Context: Sissy has come out into the family room at least 4 times - avoiding bedtime.
Sissy, pointing: Mama, my ear hurts in dare.
Mama: Okay, let me take a look.
(Uses otoscope* to check Sissy's ear drum.)
Grandpa: Is she checking your little brains? Are they okay?
Mama: Well, it IS a little red. Let me give you some [herbal remedy for ear infection].
--- Later in bedroom. ---
Mama: Listen, Sissy. It's sleepy time. You need to stay in your bed. Do not call me again.
Sissy, with hands open: But MOM, if I calls you, dat means my brains is hurtin'!
*–noun (Medical). an instrument with a light for examining the external canal and tympanic membrane of the ear.