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How can I prevent ear infections because of a cold in my child?

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Reduce your child's exposure to people with colds, and control allergies. Taking steps to prevent colds and flu as well as other illnesses can prevent some, but not all, ear infections. Here are some important steps to take:

  • Be sure everyone in your household, including your children, receive the proper vaccines when they are supposed to be given. That includes both flu and pneumococcal vaccines.
  • Make hand washing a habit that becomes part of the family's normal routine.
  • If possible, avoid group care for children, especially during cold and flu season.

SOURCES: American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Academy of American Family Physicians. Merck. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.



Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Academy of American Family Physicians. Merck. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.



Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

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