What can be done to prevent ear infections in small children?

Several. Washing hands often, keeping children away from other sick children, avoiding daycare or enrolling in daycare with 5 or fewer children, not exposing children to cigarette smoke, breastfeeding.

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How can I prevent ear infections?

Middle Ear infection. There isn't space here to fully describe all preventive measures, briana. But in a nutshell: 1) routine childhood vaccines (especially influenza, h. Influenza b and pneumococcus) 2) avoid exposure to cigarette smoke 3) avoid exposures to sick people 4) control allergy symptoms 5) wash hands often 6) don' let babies take a bottle to bed 7) avoid overuse of antibiotics. Read more...
External ear infect. External ear infections (or "swimmer's ear") is best avoided by keeping excessive moisture from accumulating in the ear-canal. People prone to external ear infections can use swimmer's ear drops after swimming or other immersion to help dry the ear canal and kill germs (such as fungus, yeast, or bacteria). Avoid putting anything else in the ear, including cotton-swabs. Read more...

How can I prevent ear infections in my child?

Airway inflammation. Since ear infections begin with inflammation in the upper airway (nose and throat), parents should avoid situations that may lead to inflammation. These include, but are not limited to: cold viruses, irritants like cigarette smoke, and aeroallergens such as pollen, in certain susceptible children. Read more...
Bacterial infection. It is important to maintain your child's recommended vaccine status. Current evidence suggests that since we have been vaccinating children against infection with the pneumococcus and the haemophilus organisms ("meningitis vaccines"), the actual number of doctor visits for ear infections has declined. Read more...
Ear infections. The greatest reason for ear infection in the very young is due to both anatomy and laying down. As a child grows the angle of the tube that hooks the ear to the throat becomes more acute, and the tube becomes longer, resulting in most kids "outgrowing" the risk. However, there are a number of other factors and one of the most often over looked is allergies which cause chronic nasal congestion. Read more...

What causes ear infections? Can you prevent them?

Middle ear infection. generally occur when the eustachian tube (structure that prevents fluid accumulation in the middle ear space) becomes dysfunctional from things like inflammation. Preventing nasal congestion with various nasal sprays or decongestants can help, as well as allergy control. Read more...

How do you prevent your child from getting more ear infections?

Lifestyle audit. Infants are prone to ear infections & grow out of that tendency with age. Your best basic plan is to avoid the aggravating exposures that increase their risks. Air irritants like smoke, perfumes, cleaning fumes, house dust, carpet cleaners, perfumed candles, etc. May be tolerated by adults but increase otitis frequency in infants.Allowing baby to lay flat while taking a bottle can increase risk. Read more...
Avoid smoke. Avoidance of second hand smoke, avoidance of pacifiers and baby bottles all help. Make sure that your child is up to date with prevnar-13 vaccination to further decrease ear infection risks. Read more...

What can you do to prevent your child from getting ear infections?

Know the factors. Sometimes there is nothing you can do to prevent ear infections. The eustachian tubes of children are more horizontal and more "floppy" than an adult which prevents adequate insufulation of air (push/decompressing of air) into the middle ear. This creates an environment in which bacteria can grow. So 1) anatomy is a major cause 2) allergies 3) recurrent viral infections (day care). Read more...
Options ... Clinical trials, starting in the 1970's, have clearly found that xylitol can reduce ear infections by 30-50%! xylitol is a naturally-occurring sugar that is difficult for bacteria to metabolize, and it helps prevent bacterial adherence to the upper respiratory lining. Xylitol is available in nasal sprays (best for infants) and chewing gum. Read more...
Probiotics. There are a couple well-done clinical trials in children (randomized, prospective) that found significant reductions in upper respiratory infections (uris) in children taking a daily probiotic preparation. Since most infants and children experience ear infections associated with a uri, reducing uris can help reduce recurrent ear infections. Works well in my practice! Read more...
Immunize! Making certain your baby gets all the recommended vaccines by the CDC schedule will prevent serious illness. The pneumococcal (pcv13) and has haemophylis (hib) have an added bonus of decreasing ear infection risk. Influenza risk is diminished by vaccinating. If your baby gets the "flu" he has a higher chance of getting a secondary bacterial infection including ear infections. Read more...
Avoid bottle in bed. Some children will get ear infections in the first few years, no matter what. Avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle. Wean from a bottle and pacifier when your doctor instructs you. Avoid exposure to second-hand smoke. Use good handwashing to decrease viral infections- which may lead to some ear infections. Vaccinate your child with Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) and hib vaccines, particularly. Read more...
several things. Prevent cigarette smoke exposure, limit or eliminate daycare, breastfeeding are all protective. In addition, good hand washing hygiene can prevent exposure. Read more...

I am 33 yrs old men I have middel ear and outer ear infection so can I take zinc 5gm daily is that prevent infection?

Zinc. If you have disfunction of your eustachian tubes which may be causing your ear infections i don't believe zinc will prevent your infections. Read more...

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

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. Read more...
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. Read more...