Health Tip: Children Who Are at Risk for Ear Infection

By on January 27, 2010

Ear infections are common in children, and may be chronic.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this list of risk factors for ear infections in children:

  • Being around smokers.
  • Having had a prior ear infection or a family history of ear infection.
  • Going to day care.
  • Being born prematurely or having a low birth weight.
  • Having frequent colds or other infections.
  • Going to bed with a bottle, or using a pacifier.
  • Being a boy.
  • Having allergy-related nasal congestion.
  • Having nasally speech.

Source: HealthDay

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