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My oldest got constant ear infections as a baby; does that mean my newborn will as well?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
No: Not necessarily! you may be able to take some precautions to reduce your baby's risk of getting ear infections. Breastfeeding helps to decrease the risk by helping your baby's immune system fight off upper respiratory infections. Also, try to limit your baby from feeding while completely flat-try to keep him upright. Also, avoid smoke exposure. Lastly, limiting exposure to colds decreases the risk.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Maybe no, but more likely yes. Ear infections "run in families" because what makes a child likely to get ear infections include inherited traits such as: size & shape of the eustachian tube that drains the ear, size of tonsils & adenoids that affect the hole at the end of the eustachian tube, and how the immune system reacts to smoke/viruses/allergens. Sibs also live in a similar environment!

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