You may be able to prevent your child from
middle ear infections.
Don't smoke. 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 they run in your family. If you
bottle-feed, don't let your baby drink a bottle while he or she is
Wash your hands often. Hand-washing stops infection
from spreading by killing germs.