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What causes ear infections in babies?

What causes ear infections in babies?

Usually a virus: Ear infections are really common in kids and usually what happens is your little one gets a common cold virus which causes mucous and nasal congestion. This leads to mucous and inflammation in their tiny inner ear canals. This can cause pain, irritability and fevers. Sometimes bacteria grow in this area too and can also cause ear infections. Breastfeeding can sometimes prevent them! ...Read more

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Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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Do colds lead to ear infections in children?

Do colds lead to ear infections in children?

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. ...Read more

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Can pollution cause respiratory infection in babies?

Can pollution cause respiratory infection in babies?

YES...: Air, pollution can cause irritation to the developing airways. Chronic exposure to cigarette smoke, for example, can lead to airway hypersensitivity, hyper-reactivity leading to cough, breathing difficulty, wheezing, which eventually make the infant vulnerable to infections, e.g. Respiratory, ear infections, etc. And chronic ill health. ...Read more

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What can cause viral infections in infants?

What can cause viral infections in infants?

Viruses: The newborn is fortunate to have temporary immunity to many viral illnesses based on moms lifetime of experiences. This temporary immunity is passed thru the placenta & begins to fade by 3-4 mo. After that point an kids get an average of 5-7 viral respiratory illnesses/yr and 2-3 diarrheal illnesses/yr. Some vaccines (mmr & hep b) are available to prevent some illnesses, but most will self heal. ...Read more

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What causes viral infections in new infants?

What causes viral infections in new infants?

New agents: New babies are pretected to some degree from the types of viruses the mom developed immunity to in her lifetime. This immunity is transient & passes thru the placenta during pregnancy.It lasts for a few months in most infants.Premis don't get as much as full term babies. If mom never had & developed immunity to a virus, baby will be susceptable. ...Read more

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Which ear infection viruses or bacteria will surely cause ear infections in a child's playmates?

Which ear infection viruses or bacteria will surely cause ear infections in a child's playmates?

Not contagious: Ear infections are not contagious. Oftentimes, a baby or toddler has a an accompanying cold when having an ear infection. The cold is contagious to another child and that adds a risk of developing an ear infection. ...Read more

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Can otitis media infection in middle ear cause drowsiness and hearing problems?

Can otitis media infection in middle ear cause drowsiness and hearing problems?

Yes: Decreased hearing, noises in the ears and pain would be the most common symptoms. Drowsiness can occur with most illnesses. ...Read more

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What could cause continuous ear infections in an adult?

What could cause continuous ear infections in an adult?

Many: If you are getting recurrent infection, it could be due to not treating it completely, nasal allergy can also give recurrent ear infection, or it could be due to anatomical abnormality of your ear canal. ...Read more

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What are the causes of frequent ear infections in a child?

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What are the causes of frequent ear infections in a child?

Multiple: Just to name a few: attending daycare, exposure to tobacco smoke, cleft palate, positive family history, ciliary dysfunction, immunodeficiency. ...Read more

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What are common bacterial infections in newborns?

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What are common bacterial infections in newborns?

See below: Streptococcus agalactiae, aka, group b strep., escherichia coli, and staphylococcus aureus are major culprits. They are responsible for neonatal sepsis (blood poisoning), meningitis, pneumonia, uti, and bone and joint infection. ...Read more

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Can mold in workplace cause chronic ear infections?

Can mold in workplace cause chronic ear infections?

Usually not: There are different kinds of ear infections. If you are talking about middle ear infections, then it's very unlikely mold is the cause. You can get fungal outer ear infections, but these tend to come from overuse of qtips (clearing away your protective wax) and overuse of antibiotic ear drops. ...Read more

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What is the most likely causes of frequent ear infection in infants?

What is the most likely causes of frequent ear infection in infants?

Head size: The primary factor leading to recurrent middle ear disease in infants is their head size and its impact on the drainage of the middle ear. The middle ear space has a narrow and shortened tube that drains mucous into the throat. It easily plugs, allows fluid backup and throat germs get into the ear.As the kid gets bigger, drainage improves and the risk declines. ...Read more

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What causes viral infections in the eyes?

What causes viral infections in the eyes?

Viruses: Many types of viruses are known to cause eye infections. Many are the same ones that cause colds. ...Read more

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Can ear infections lead to tinnitus? Can an ear infection cause a high pitched noise in one's ear?

Can ear infections lead to tinnitus? Can an ear infection cause a high pitched noise in one's ear?

Yes: Inner ear infection can lead to ringing (tinnitus) as it affects the semicircular canals. Fluid behind the ear occurs as a result of healing and can lead to a funny sound as well...Chiropractic, homeopathic, craniosacral therapies can all help realign the inner ear and promote drainage of the fluid and spped healing. ...Read more

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Otitis media with effusion in adults causes ringing in the ears?

Otitis media with effusion in adults causes ringing in the ears?

Ringing: Ear fluid can definitely cause ringing. When the fluid resolves, the ringing will get better (along with your hearing). ...Read more

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Could ear infections in children cause vomitting, without any other symptoms?

Could ear infections in children cause vomitting, without any other symptoms?

Vomiting in kids: can be caused by ear infections. Acid reflux should be another consideration. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

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Otitis Media (Definition)

Otitis media is also known as a middle ear infection. It ...Read more