Most ear infections start as a cold and progress to an infection of the middle ear caused by bacteria.
You will need
- Breast milk
- Clean hands
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.
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.
Did You Know:
Most ear infections occur in children between the ages of six months and two years.