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Who is most likely to get ear infections?

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  • In recent years, scientists have identified the characteristics of people most likely to suffer recurrent middle ear infections: Males
  • Individuals with a family history of ear infections
  • Babies who are bottle-fed (breastfed babies get fewer ear infections)
  • Children who attend day care centers
  • People living in households with tobacco smokers
  • People with abnormalities of the palate, such as a cleft palate
  • People with poor immune systems or chronic respiratory diseases, such as cystic fibrosis and asthma

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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