How do you prevent toddler ear infections?


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One of the best ways to prevent ear infections in toddlers is to avoid second-hand smoke. According to the American Osteopathic Association, children who are around cigarette smoke have a higher risk of ear infections. This includes kids who are in a car with second-hand smoke. Regular immunizations and frequent hand washing are also important, because being sick can cause a child to develop a secondary ear infection.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, avoiding air pollution can also prevent ear infections. Since everyone can't choose where they live, it's important to minimize a toddlers exposure to outside air on days with a high air quality index, which means that an unhealthy amount of pollution is in the air. The higher the AQI, the more pollution in the air. Toddlers under the age of 24 months who still bottle feed should do so in an upright, seated position instead of lying down, according to the March of Dimes, to prevent the fluid from pooling in the middle ear and growing bacteria. Additionally, toddlers should not share toys that go in the mouth, and dirty toys should be washed in hot, soapy water before being used, according to the New York State Department of Health.

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