Not smoking. Ear infections are more common in
children who are around cigarette smoke in the home. Even fumes from tobacco
smoke on your hair and clothes can affect the child.
your baby. There is some evidence that breast-feeding helps reduce the risk of
ear infections, especially if ear infections run in your family. If you
bottle-feed your baby, don't let your baby drink a bottle while he or she is
Having your child
immunized. Current immunizations don't specifically
prevent ear infections. But they can prevent illnesses, such as
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and
flu (influenza) that may lead to ear infections. Have
your child immunized at the ages suggested by national guidelines. For more
information, see the topic
Taking your child to a smaller
child care center. Fewer children means less contact with bacteria and viruses.
Children in child care settings can easily spread germs to each other. Try to
limit the use of any group child care. For more information, see the topic
Choosing Child Care.
Not giving your baby
a pacifier. Try to wean your child from his or her pacifier before about 6
months of age. Babies who use pacifiers after 12 months of age are more likely
to develop ear infections.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 09, 2011
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