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Are bacterial ear infections contagious?

Bacterial ear infections, like all bacterial infections, can be spread from person to person through contact with infected individuals. Frequently, a child will develop a bacterial ear infection because their pre-existing nose or throat infection has spread to the ears. So a child can eventually develop a bacterial ear infection though interaction with another child or person who has any number of infections, like a cold or respiratory infection, which can then be given to the child and spread to the ears. To reduce the risk of ear infections, keep your children away from infected individuals.

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