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Baby Ear Infection

Ear infections are very common during cold weather months. It is somewhat difficult to detect due to the presence of other sicknesses such as colds and fevers. When the baby is being breast-fed and it suddenly stops, it is possible that it feels pain when sucking or swallowing. This can be attributed to an ear infection.

Infection in the Eustachian tube?

Infections develop in the Eustachian tube, located near the middle ear and the back of the nose. When a baby has a cold fever is a natural reaction of the body to try and eliminate the infection. Children are especially susceptible to this sickness because their Eustachian tubes are shorter than that of an adult. The tubes develop into a vertical position, which helps reduce the risk of infection as accumulation of the bacteria or virus is hampered.

Ear infections – can they be serious?

Ear infections can be very serious, especially in repeat instances. They inflict a lot of pain on the baby which can be very difficult to ease. If left untreated, the eardrum can be severely damages. Other long-term effects include loss of hearing and scarring.

  • To help reduce the risk of ear infection, some steps should be undertaken.
  • Avoid exposing the baby to cigarette smoke.
  • When feeding the baby using a milk bottle, avoid lying the baby down which can lead to milk spilling towards the ear.
  • It is also very helpful to guard against other ailments that can typically lead to ear infections.
Colds, allergies and sinus infections must be monitored at all times.It is advisable to consult a doctor as soon as an ear infection is detected, especially if accompanied by illnesses such as fever or colds. Antibiotics can be used to remove the bacteria in the body system. The fluid brought about by the infection may take a long time to be fully removed from the body.

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