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Doctor insights on: Frequent Ear Infections

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What could cause frequent ear infections?

What could cause frequent ear infections?

Many causes!: Ear infections can be caused by viral colds or spread from infections in the eyes or sinuses. Also associated with second-hand smoke exposure. Some children are much more prone to frequent infections than others. This can be a result of inherited ear anatomy or differences in immune function. Most often, children grow out of the frequent ear infections with time. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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

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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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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Is chiropractic care appropriate for a 5 and 2 year old? Can it help to resolve frequent ear infections in the older child? What are risk/benefits?

Is chiropractic care appropriate for a 5 and 2 year old? Can it help to resolve frequent ear infections in the older child? What are risk/benefits?

No: Chiropractic is not usually recommended for young children and can not treat infections. Young children are growing and developing and may be seriously injured by manipulations designed for adults. Most chiropractors do not have specialized training in pediatrics. I would recommend seeing your pediatrician and getting appropriate treatment for the ear infections. ...Read more

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My baby is getting frequent ear infections. Is there any way to help prevent them?

My baby is getting frequent ear infections. Is there any way to help prevent them?

Yes: Make sure that you are avoiding any smoke exposure as this is a risk factor for ear infections. Also, babies who drink milk laying down rather than upright may be at higher risk. Prolonged pacifier use may be linked to ear infections. And lastly, daycare attendance or exposure to many other sick children with upper respiratory infections in the first couple of years of life may increase the risk. ...Read more

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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Keep water out of ears (use earplugs or shower cap when showering)
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Use eardrops as directed
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Use Tylenol or warm compresses to minimize pain
3x day
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My 9 month old girl gets frequent ear infections, what do I do to prevent them from coming?

My 9 month old girl gets frequent ear infections, what do I do to prevent them from coming?

Talk to your doc: Risk factors for ear infections include daycare, bottle feeding, bottle propping, smoke exposure, just to name a few. If there is nothing in your child's history or environment that can be changed (such as being in daycare or being bottle fed) then your child might need tubes. ...Read more

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Frequent ear infections get more painful as i grow older, aren't they supposed to get better?

Frequent ear infections get more painful as i grow older, aren't they supposed to get better?

Ear Infections Worse: Typically they do get less frequent as you get older. If they are becoming more common, then you may have something else, like ear canal (not middle ear) infections. It sounds like you should be evaluated by an ENT doc. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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Please tell me can frequent ear infections be hereditary?

Not really: Ear infections are caused by bacteria. However, some families probably have a tendency to have eustacian tube dysfunction, which makes fluid in the middle ear space more common, providing a better place for bacteria to grow. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


Dr. Katharine Cox
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more