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do colds lead to ear infections in children?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: Colds tend to precede the onset of an ear infection in children. This is because a cold causes fluid to develop in the middle ear, that at times may get infected by bacteria or viruses. Ways to decrease your baby's risk of ear infections are: 1) avoid smoke exposure, 2) try to limit pacifier use in those prone to ear infections, and 3) avoid having your baby drink milk laying down flat.
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Yes: Colds, or upper respiratory infections, can cause congestion leading to ear infections.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Colds ( upper respiratory infections) are generally the trigger for ear infections in kids. Other factors are in play such as ear anatomy and the immune system, but without the virus or bacteria, infection is hard to come by.

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Does my child need to get a shot for repeated ear infections?

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Pediatrics 17 years experience
No: Doesn't exist. Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) is a vaccine that can possibly prevent ear infections which is routinely given already, but the shot protects more against meningitis than ear infections.
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Why are young children prone to ear infections?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Anatomy: The quick answer - anatomy. The eustachian tube is more floppy and horizontal in children which prevents adequate drainage and ventilation of the middle ear. There are environmental factors like increased exposure to viruses (day care setting), etc. That also predispose children to ear infections.
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Why do some children get recurring ear infections?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Predisposed: Regular otitis media is a sequential event. The fluid made by the middle ear walls is trapped in that space by impaired drainage thru the eustacian tube. Germs from the throat enter that space & cause infection. Smaller kids/kids with allergies or colds/kids with cleft palate etc are predisposed to recurrence because the drainage doesn't improve until the head grows big enough to improve the drain.
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Is there a correlation between milk intelorance and ear infections in children ?

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Pediatrics 28 years experience
No: There is no link between the two.
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What's the optimal natural remedy for ear infections in children?

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Dr. Clarence Lyons
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Be careful: Be careful with not treating ear infections in kids by seeing a doctor. There are some theories about psychiatric disorders coming from strep infections in children that were not treated or not treated appropriately.

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