Your doctor can give your child
antibiotics, but ear infections often get better
without them. Talk about this with your doctor. Whether you use them will
depend on how old your child is and how bad the infection is.
Minor surgery to put tubes in the ears may help if your child has hearing
problems or repeat infections.
Can ear infections be prevented?
There are many
ways to help prevent ear infections. Do not smoke. Ear infections happen more
often to children who are around cigarette smoke. Even the fumes from tobacco
smoke on your hair and clothes can affect them. Hand-washing and having your
child immunized can help, too.
Also, make sure your child does not
go to sleep while sucking on a bottle. And try to limit the use of group child