How to Prevent Recurrent Ear Infections

Posted at 1:48 pm on 01/21/2015 by Powlin V. Manuel
Incidence of ear infections is in early childhood. This is especially true in the first ear of life and in toddlers. The following measures will help to reduce recurrent ear infections:

– Breast feeding.
– Avoid smoking.
– Avoid feeding while lying down.
– Routinely give Flu Vaccine
– Routinely give Pneumococcal Vaccine.
– Avoid day care if possible.
– Choose day care with small group of children.
– Treat upper respiratory infections promptly.
– Avoid allergens and treat allergies promptly.

References:
Clements, D.A. et al. (1995). Influenza A Vaccine Decreases the Incidence of Otitis Media in 6- to 30-Month-Old Children in Day Care. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med.149(10):1113-1117.
Duncan, D. et al., (1993). Exclusive Breast-Feeding for at Least 4 Months Protects Against Otitis Media. Pediatrics,91(5), 867-872.
Niemela, M., Uhari, M.,& Mottonen, M. (1995). A Pacifier Increases the Risk of Recurrent Acute Otitis Media in Children in Day Care Centers. Pediatrics, 96 (5), 884 -888.
Uharim M., Mantysaari, K,,& Niemela, M.(1996). Meta-Analytic Review of the Risk Factors for Acute Otitis Media. Clin Infect Diseases, 22 (6):1079-1083.doi: 10.1093/clinids/22.6.1079


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