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.
Yes. Colds, or upper respiratory infections, can cause congestion leading to ear infections.
Yes. Colds tend to precede the onset of an ear infection in children. This is because a cold causes fluid to develop in the middle ear, that at times may get infected by bacteria or viruses. Ways to decrease your baby's risk of ear infections are: 1) avoid smoke exposure, 2) try to limit pacifier use in those prone to ear infections, and 3) avoid having your baby drink milk laying down flat.

Related Questions

Is there a correlation between milk intelorance and ear infections in children?

No. There is no relationship between milk protein intolerance and ear infections. However, there could be a relationship between milk allergy, of which increased mucus production can occur (rhinitis) and ear infection as a complication of the resultant eustachian tube dysfunction (the tube connecting the throat and the ear does not function properly). Read more...

What's the optimal natural remedy for ear infections in children?

Be careful. Be careful with not treating ear infections in kids by seeing a doctor. There are some theories about psychiatric disorders coming from strep infections in children that were not treated or not treated appropriately. Read more...

What are the best natural remedies for ear infections in children?

None. There are no substances that naturally cure ear infections. The body's immune system may cure itself and when not, antibiotics are needed. No other things have been shown to cure these infections despite claims made. Read more...

Is the common cold in children something that should be followed by an ear examination to rule out an ear infection?

No. Unless there seems to be hearing loss, or other problems following the cold, a routine examination is not necessary following a common cold. Read more...
No. The presence of a little fluid in the middle ear following a cold is common, but does not require evaluation or treatment. If pain, fever or other issues arise during or after the cold, it would be worth a visit. Read more...

Do colds cause ear infections?

They can. Colds or (upper respiratory infections - uris) are the leading predisposing cause of ear infections. Read more...
Ear infection & cold. Ear infections can happen with the cold quite frequently. Most of the time it resolves quickly and does not need additional treatment. However at times the fluid builds up in the middle ear and needs further treatment. Read more...

Why are young children prone to ear infections?

Anatomy. The quick answer - anatomy. The eustachian tube is more floppy and horizontal in children which prevents adequate drainage and ventilation of the middle ear. There are environmental factors like increased exposure to viruses (day care setting), etc. That also predispose children to ear infections. Read more...
Eustachian tube. Young children have eustachian tubes that are less developed and at a different angle than adults. This makes it more difficult for children to equalize the air pressure in their middle ears vs. Outside air pressure. This difference makes it more likely for them to get ear infections. Read more...
several factors. Young children have less developed immune systems and the eustachian tube that allows fluid to drain from the middle ears is smaller and more horizontal, so it does not function as well. Young children also are exposed to other children with illnesses and are notorious for not having good hand hygiene and thus transmit illnesses more readily. Read more...

Why do some children get recurring ear infections?

Predisposed. Regular otitis media is a sequential event. The fluid made by the middle ear walls is trapped in that space by impaired drainage thru the eustacian tube. Germs from the throat enter that space & cause infection. Smaller kids/kids with allergies or colds/kids with cleft palate etc are predisposed to recurrence because the drainage doesn't improve until the head grows big enough to improve the drain. Read more...