Ear infections can be very challenging for young babies, but be encouraged; there are many ways to prevent this infection. An ear infection is usually caused by bacteria from common colds. The infant may get a cold, and this leads to mucus accumulation and bacteria in the nose and throat. This mucus eventually gathers in the middle ear and collects as pus. At this point, the baby’s ear is infected and some of the symptoms are fever, a lot of discomfort and restlessness, lack of appetite and waking up at night. Another important symptom is the draining of pus from the ear. If your baby shows these symptoms, then you will need to consult an ear specialist.
However, prevention is always better than cure, and therefore, it makes sense to look for ways to prevent your baby from getting ear infection in the first place. Some of the tips for prevention are given below:
- Treat your baby’s allergies.
Sometimes the cause of continuous colds is an allergy that your baby has. If your baby keeps getting colds and ear infections, then you need to take steps to find out if these are being caused by an allergy. It is important for you to consult your doctor and get proper medicine to control the allergy.
- Keep the baby away from cigarette smoke.
Cigarette smoke has been known to increase the probability of your baby getting an ear infection, so you need to make sure that the baby is kept away from cigarette smoke completely. That obviously means that you should not smoke yourself.
- Breastfeed your child for as long as possible.
It is well known that breastfeeding your baby over a long period of time results in a stronger immune system for the baby. This means that there will definitely be a smaller chance of the baby getting an ear infection if you breast feed for as long as you can.
- Take care of a cold.
When your baby gets a cold, make sure you treat it properly and clear the nose of the baby. Use several methods including salty water and nose drops to clear all the mucus in the nose, so that it does not attract bacteria and accumulate in the ear causing an infection.
- Do not bottle feed your baby when he’s lying down.
If you bottle feed your baby when he is lying on his side, then there is a possibility of the milk draining into the tube in the ear and causing an infection. Therefore, make sure you bottle feed the baby when he is upright.
- Be careful of the interactions with other children.
If your baby is constantly exposed to other children who have colds and flu, then there is a high chance he will get infected with the cold. The immune system of a baby is still very fragile soit is important to keep him away from too much interaction with many children so as to avoid this infection.
Wishing you a healthy baby who is free of infection!
George Parkinson is an ear specialist who has researched widely in ENT, especially ear conditions in infants and children. He has spent very many years studying and researching on ways to prevent ear infections and he is a well-known consultant in this area.