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Does washing my child's hands prevent ear infections?

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Clean your child's hands and your own often with soap and water. This can reduce the spread of germs and prevent your child from catching the flu or a cold. Another tip, even though it can be very hard: Try to keep dirty objects away from your child's mouth.

From: Tips to Prevent Ear Infections WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Ear Infections in Children.”

Mayo Clinic: “Ear infection (middle ear).”

CDC: “Ear Infection.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Ear Infections.”

American Osteopathic Association: “Preventing and Treating Middle Ear Infections.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Infection and Hearing Loss.”

Healthy Children.org: “When to Call the Pediatrician: Fever.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 5, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Ear Infections in Children.”

Mayo Clinic: “Ear infection (middle ear).”

CDC: “Ear Infection.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Ear Infections.”

American Osteopathic Association: “Preventing and Treating Middle Ear Infections.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Infection and Hearing Loss.”

Healthy Children.org: “When to Call the Pediatrician: Fever.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 5, 2018

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