You may be able to prevent your child from
middle ear infections.
- Don't smoke. Ear infections are more common in
children who are around cigarette smoke in the home. Even fumes from tobacco
smoke on your hair and clothes can affect the child.
your baby. There is some evidence that breast-feeding helps reduce the risk of
ear infections, especially if they run in your family. If you
bottle-feed, don't let your baby drink a bottle while he or she is
- Wash your hands often. Hand-washing stops infection
from spreading by killing germs.
- Make sure your child receives all the recommended immunizations. For more
information, see the topic
- Take your child to a smaller
child care center. Fewer children means less contact with bacteria and viruses.
limit the use of any group child care, where germs can easily spread.
- Do not give your baby
a pacifier. Try to wean your child from his or her pacifier before about 6
months of age. Babies who use pacifiers after 12 months of age are more likely
to get ear infections.
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Charles M. Myer, III, MD - Otolaryngology
September 10, 2012
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