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Why are ear infections so common in children?

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Children who are 2 and younger get more ear infections because of the small size and shape of their Eustachian tubes.

Other things that can come into play:

  • Bottles and pacifiers: If children drink from a bottle while lying down or use a pacifier, then they're more likely to get ear infections.
  • Daycare centers: Children can be exposed to more germs in situations where there are a lot of kids.
  • Air quality: Cigarette smoke and other kinds of air pollution can increase your child's chances of getting an ear infection.

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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