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How to Prevent Ear Infections in Children

Most ear infections start as a cold and progress to an infection of the middle ear caused by bacteria.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Avoid cigarette smoke Avoid places with cigarette smoke especially when you are with your children. Ear infections occur more often in children exposed to cigarette smoke.
  • TIP: Babies and young children with ear infections may pull at their ears, have a fever, and have trouble sleeping.
  • Step 2: Limit use of childcare Limit the use of large childcare facilities where there is an increased risk of catching a cold.
  • Step 3: Breastfeed If you can, breastfeed your baby the first six to 12 months. Breast milk has antibodies that aid in reducing ear infections.
  • Step 4: Avoid bottle at bedtime Avoid having your child going to sleep while sucking on a bottle or drinking while laying down.
  • Step 5: Wash hands Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching the nose and eyes with germy hands.
  • Step 6: Have child immunized Have your child immunized.
  • FACT: Most ear infections occur in children between the ages of six months and two years.

You Will Need

  • Breast milk
  • Clean hands
  • Immunizations

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