If you have a child, you have more than likely seen your son or daughter suffer due to an ear infection. While many people assume that this problem is just a normal part of growing up, there are actually some things you can do to lower the risk of this happening. Here are some risk factors for the condition, as well as some ways to prevent it.
Who is at Risk?
Generally, the age at which a child is at the highest risk for an ear infection is between 6 months and 2 years of age. One of the biggest reasons is that a child’s immune system has not become fully developed, leaving him or her susceptible to the problem. However, if a child is cared for at daycare or in another type of group setting, he or she could be more likely to develop an infection. If your home has poor indoor air quality, that will also heighten the risk.
Make sure you tell all your children to wash their hands regularly and to never share any eating or drinking utensils with other children. When they cough or sneeze, teach them to use the crook of their arms. And, by all means, keep them home if they are sick. Another way you can help prevent an ear infection from occurring is to never expose a child to secondhand smoke. If you are bottle-feeding your baby, keep the child in an upright position and avoid feeding when he or she is lying down.
If you have a child who has developed an ear infection, the experts with McKinney ENT Clinic can help. We can also show you ways to help prevent this problem from occurring in the future. Contact us online or call (214) 383-5955 to schedule an examination or to learn more.