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Is there a way to prevent ear infections in a baby after a cold?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Some basic ideas

Babies are prone to ear infection because they have tiny plumbing that drains mucous made inside the ear to the throat.
That drain (eustacian tube) can be invaded by throat germs if it is not flowing. Exposure to cigarette smoke, perfumes, wood burning stoves, candles, cleaning fumes, etc. All increase chances the baby will have ear infections. Avoiding these helps, but growth is the main solution.

In brief: Some basic ideas

Babies are prone to ear infection because they have tiny plumbing that drains mucous made inside the ear to the throat.
That drain (eustacian tube) can be invaded by throat germs if it is not flowing. Exposure to cigarette smoke, perfumes, wood burning stoves, candles, cleaning fumes, etc. All increase chances the baby will have ear infections. Avoiding these helps, but growth is the main solution.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: No smoke exposure

Ear infections are common in children following a cold.
Due to the nasal congestion, the eustachian tube (connects the nose to the ear) gets clogged up, allowing fluid and infection to form beind the ear drum. The only thing you can control is smoke exposure. It leads to chronic nasal congestion which can lead to ear infections.

In brief: No smoke exposure

Ear infections are common in children following a cold.
Due to the nasal congestion, the eustachian tube (connects the nose to the ear) gets clogged up, allowing fluid and infection to form beind the ear drum. The only thing you can control is smoke exposure. It leads to chronic nasal congestion which can lead to ear infections.
Dr. Mark Patterson
Dr. Mark Patterson
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