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Do colds lead to ear infections in children?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Colds, or upper respiratory infections, can cause congestion leading to ear infections.

In brief: Yes

Colds, or upper respiratory infections, can cause congestion leading to ear infections.
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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