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Middle ear infections in children – part 2

Middle ear infections in children – part 2

By Talia Aronowitz

Can I prevent a middle ear infection?

The following can help to prevent middle ear infections in children:

  • Washing your hands often and practicing good personal hygiene to prevent germs from spreading.
  • Having your child immunized to keep him /her healthy
  • Try to avoid bottle feeding your child lying flat. If your baby is lying flat, this positioning may cause milk to run from the throat into the ear through the Eustachian tube. This can cause infection.
  • Not smoking around your child as this is bad for the ears.

Who is more susceptible to middle ear infections?

  • Individuals who have recurrent colds and upper respiratory tract infections
  • Children with enlarged adenoids
  • Children under 3 years of age
  • Children in day care centres
  • Individuals who suffer from allergies
  • Individuals with a family history of middle ear infections
  • Children who are bottle fed
  • People or children who are in regular contact with cigarette smoke

Tips for talking to your child if he or she had a hearing loss from an ear infection

  • It is always important to have your child’s hearing tested by an audiologist
  • Make sure that you get your child’s attention before speaking
  • Make sure that you face your child as much as possible
  • Remember to tell your child’s teacher about the hearing loss.
  • Speak clearly but don’t shout

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