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

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Frequent ear infections are not only frustrating but can potentially affect language development.
Breastfeeding, decreasing pacifier use, and giving your child the pneumococcal vaccine can all help prevent ear infections. Kids under 2 years old who have more than 3 ear infections in 6 months or more than 4 in 12 months may need to see an ear, nose and throat specialist.

In brief: Yes

Frequent ear infections are not only frustrating but can potentially affect language development.
Breastfeeding, decreasing pacifier use, and giving your child the pneumococcal vaccine can all help prevent ear infections. Kids under 2 years old who have more than 3 ear infections in 6 months or more than 4 in 12 months may need to see an ear, nose and throat specialist.
Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Dr. Robert Knox
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Stop Ear Infections

Two answers: stop getting a stuffy nose and growing up.
Most ear infections follow an event that contributes to stuffy nose, such as a cold or exposure to an irritant, like smoke or reflux of stomach acid. By far any away, the biggest issue with ear infections is day care, with exposure to other children with head colds. Ear infection symptoms generally stop after insertion of ear tubes.

In brief: Stop Ear Infections

Two answers: stop getting a stuffy nose and growing up.
Most ear infections follow an event that contributes to stuffy nose, such as a cold or exposure to an irritant, like smoke or reflux of stomach acid. By far any away, the biggest issue with ear infections is day care, with exposure to other children with head colds. Ear infection symptoms generally stop after insertion of ear tubes.
Dr. Robert Knox
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Dr. Robert Knox
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Prevent Ear Infect

Ask your child's pediatrician or family doctor, if it's time to see an ear nose and throat surgeon.
Ear tubes prevent most ear symptoms. They don't prevent the colds that cause ear infections, but they eliminate most of the symptoms of ear infections -- pain and irritability.

In brief: Prevent Ear Infect

Ask your child's pediatrician or family doctor, if it's time to see an ear nose and throat surgeon.
Ear tubes prevent most ear symptoms. They don't prevent the colds that cause ear infections, but they eliminate most of the symptoms of ear infections -- pain and irritability.
Dr. Robert Knox
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Avoiding risk factors for ear infections can decrease the number of infections.
Risk factors that increase the likelihood of getting an ear infection include: exposure to smoke (or other irritant particles in the air), attending a group daycare (catching colds and flus can lead to ear infections), and bottle feeding (breastfeeding lowers the chance of getting an ear infection).

In brief: Yes

Avoiding risk factors for ear infections can decrease the number of infections.
Risk factors that increase the likelihood of getting an ear infection include: exposure to smoke (or other irritant particles in the air), attending a group daycare (catching colds and flus can lead to ear infections), and bottle feeding (breastfeeding lowers the chance of getting an ear infection).
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Marivic Botta
Pediatrics

In brief: Many ways

Avoid risk factors that increase the risk of ear infections.
Avoid exposure to cigarette smoking, avoid feeding the baby while in a laying down position, avoid situations that may lead to more colds if possible (daycare attendance ). It helps to give breastmilk which helps strengthen the immune system. Frequent infections can delay speech. Ear tubes placed by a specialist may help if too frequent.

In brief: Many ways

Avoid risk factors that increase the risk of ear infections.
Avoid exposure to cigarette smoking, avoid feeding the baby while in a laying down position, avoid situations that may lead to more colds if possible (daycare attendance ). It helps to give breastmilk which helps strengthen the immune system. Frequent infections can delay speech. Ear tubes placed by a specialist may help if too frequent.
Dr. Marivic Botta
Dr. Marivic Botta
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