Any advice on how to prevent ear infection?

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Elfrieda - posted on 05/24/2012

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I try to avoid cold wind blowing into the ears (hats with ear flaps are key), especially when the ear is wet, like when we've been swimming. Also I put my toddler on probiotics after he kept getting cold after cold, ending with a doozy of a double ear and throat infection. He didn't get sick for over a year after that, so I'm a believer even though it could have been coincidence.

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Sarah - posted on 05/28/2012

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If talking about a baby. Always hold baby to feed bottle....hold at an angle. Don't prop bottle...this can cause liquid to drain into the ear. If baby has a cold try to prop up...this helps the drainage to not go into the ear. Proping can also help baby sleep better. Depending on age of baby you can use the carseat or you can just put a few books under the legs of the crib on the head side. Some kids are going to get them easier then other kids.

Kristin - posted on 05/28/2012

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Thanks for all your help. I think I will try the mineral oil drops and see how that goes.

Tammy - posted on 05/28/2012

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My daughter is 27 months, she's had 12 ear infections and had tubes put in in february '12. She has had one ear infection since the tubes and then at the start of this month was complaining that her ears hurt again. The specialist looked and said her tubes were blocked - she has excessive ear wax due to allergies - he told us to try alternating mineral oil drops and hyrdrogen peroxide 2x/day in the morning and before bed. What a miracle cure!! She doesn't even need the hydrogen peroxide drops, I just give her the mineral oil drop before bedtime and I only give it every other day or every 2-3 days now because it seems to be working so well. I only wish they had told me about this a year ago!! Good luck!

Liz - posted on 05/24/2012

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Elfrieda, that is good to know! If I ever have another child with chronic ear infections, I will definitely try probiotics!

Liz - posted on 05/24/2012

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Well, it depends on how old your child is. If he or she still lies on their back to drink a bottle, some of the fluid can cause an ear infection. Children's eustachian tubes are more parallel to the floor (when standing) than an adults, and therefore when they lie on their backs the fluid drains down into the ear. I have had 2 children with chronic ear infections, and both had to have ear tubes. Don't know if I was any help at all.

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