Dr. Sarah Adams, pediatrician, helps explain why kids tend to get so many ear infections.
Why do babies get ear infections more than adults?
Well, most of it has to do with the fact that their immune system is not as strong and their anatomy is not developed as well as ours to help prevent them from getting fluid buildup inside the middle ear, which causes the infection.
So what can we do to help?
First of all, if they are an infant, breastfeeding is very good to help prevent ear infections. But if you can’t breastfeed, that’s okay. If you’re feeding your baby formula, make sure that you’re feeding them somewhat upright. Once they turn a year, try to get rid of the pacifier. I know it’s easier said than done, but that will help, too.
Other ways that you can prevent infection is keep the air clean. So, no smoking around your baby, because we know that smoke can also increase their chances of an ear infection. Another, and probably the most important way to prevent and ear infection, is wash your hands and wash your baby’s hands as often as you can.
If you suspect your child has an ear infection, contact her pediatrician.