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What should I do if my baby keeps getting ear infections?
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Consider ENT consult
If your baby is having excessive ear infections, talk with your doctor about whether s/he needs to see a pediatric ear, nose, and throat specialist.
Be sure to identify risk factors first before your go the route of considering seeing the surgeon about tubes. Be sure to avoid second-hand smoke exposure, prolonged pacifier use, and feeding the baby flat with a bottle.

In brief: Consider ENT consult
If your baby is having excessive ear infections, talk with your doctor about whether s/he needs to see a pediatric ear, nose, and throat specialist.
Be sure to identify risk factors first before your go the route of considering seeing the surgeon about tubes. Be sure to avoid second-hand smoke exposure, prolonged pacifier use, and feeding the baby flat with a bottle.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Melissa Arca
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Evaluate Environment
If your baby is truly having recurrent ear infections, it's time to take stock of her environment.
Exposure to second hand smoke, daycare, pacifier use, reflux, and delayed immunizations are all risk factors for recurrent ear infections. Additionally, some babies are simply prone to ear infections due to a short eustachian tube. Check with your pediatrician, she may warrant a visit to ent.

In brief: Evaluate Environment
If your baby is truly having recurrent ear infections, it's time to take stock of her environment.
Exposure to second hand smoke, daycare, pacifier use, reflux, and delayed immunizations are all risk factors for recurrent ear infections. Additionally, some babies are simply prone to ear infections due to a short eustachian tube. Check with your pediatrician, she may warrant a visit to ent.
Dr. Melissa Arca
Dr. Melissa Arca
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Be proactive
My mantra is 5 in a year or one that won't clear (90 days) means tubes for the ears.
An evaluation by an ENT can help decide the need. Sometimes the muck left behind in the middle ear after treatment is like thick glue and will never fully clear unless they suck it out during the tubing process.There are environmental/allergy issues you can work on, but at some point this is what you need.

In brief: Be proactive
My mantra is 5 in a year or one that won't clear (90 days) means tubes for the ears.
An evaluation by an ENT can help decide the need. Sometimes the muck left behind in the middle ear after treatment is like thick glue and will never fully clear unless they suck it out during the tubing process.There are environmental/allergy issues you can work on, but at some point this is what you need.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: Talk to his doctor
See an ENT for frequently recurrent ear infections.
Also, make sure your primary care doctor knows, especially if some of them were diagnosed by other doctors, in an er or urgent care center for example. Don't give your baby a bottle of milk or juice to take in bed because this can increase infections. Don't allow any smoking around the baby, since this can, too.

In brief: Talk to his doctor
See an ENT for frequently recurrent ear infections.
Also, make sure your primary care doctor knows, especially if some of them were diagnosed by other doctors, in an er or urgent care center for example. Don't give your baby a bottle of milk or juice to take in bed because this can increase infections. Don't allow any smoking around the baby, since this can, too.
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
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