Currently, the best way to prevent ear infections is to reduce the risk factors associated with them. Here are some things you might want to do to lower your child’s risk for ear infections.
Vaccinate your child against the flu. Make sure your child gets the influenza, or flu, vaccine every year.
Vaccinate your child with the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7). The PCV7 vaccine protects against a number of the most common bacteria that cause ear infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all children under age 2 be vaccinated, starting at 2 months of age. Studies have shown that vaccinated children get far fewer ear infections than children who aren’t vaccinated. The vaccine is strongly recommended for children in daycare.
Wash hands frequently. Washing hands prevents the spread of germs and can help keep your child from catching a cold or the flu.
Avoid exposing your baby to cigarette smoke. Studies have shown that babies who are around smokers have more ear infections.
Never put your baby down for a nap, or for the night, with a bottle.
Don’t allow sick children to spend time together. As much as possible, limit your child’s exposure to other children when your child or your child’s playmates are sick.
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