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Baby’s Ear Infection: Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

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Ear infections are much common among babies that often result in sleeplessness during nights. These infections cause pain in-ear due to which your baby can’t sleep. The eustachian tube is present inside the middle ear that connects with the throat for equalizing pressure. The throat and nose provide a wet breeding area for bacteria. The Eustachian tube of a baby is short, horizontal, and wide and the germs can easily travel through it. The fluid captured in the middle ear works as a means to help germs grow. Hence, ear infections are much common among babies.

It is essential to properly treat these infections. The hearing of your baby relies on proper vibrations of the eardrum and structures of the middle ear. It must be kept in mind that recurrent infections can harm the eardrum whereas the accumulated fluid moistens vibrations that inhibit hearing. Thus, ear infections must be taken seriously because repeated hearing loss can result in language problems or speech delays. Some of the most common symptoms of ear infection are:

  • Ear pain
  • Fever
  • Running nose
  • Sleeplessness
  • Eye drainage

Whenever you find these symptoms in your baby, do wait 2-3 days instead of taking your baby to the doctor instantly. Most of the moderate or mild ear infections do not require antibiotics to heal completely. Even the doctors do not instantly prescribe antibiotics for babies and they prefer waiting 2-3 days for their self-recovery. Sometimes, ear-tugging is not a sign of ear infection. It may be due to ache from teething or maybe your baby is just exploring his/her ears and loves to pull them. Make sure your baby is also suffering from cold along with running nose or eyes. Do consult your doctor if the symptoms of ear infection continue for more than 3 days.

How to avoid ear infections?

Let’s have a look at some effective ways to keep your babies away from an ear infection.

  • Breast Feeding: The natural immunity of a baby can greatly be increased with mother’s milk.
  • Bottle-Feed Upright: Always feed your baby in the upright position and keep the same position for 30 minutes even after feeding.
  • Enhance immunity: Veggies, seafood, and fruits can help improve immunity. Give these foods to your baby to boost his/her immunity.
  • Keep allergens away: Irritants can accumulate fluid in the middle ear and nasal passages. Keep fuzzy things, real animals, and stuffed toys away while your baby is sleeping. Plus, do not smoke around the baby.

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