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Can bacterial ear infections be prevented?

Children, the group most commonly afflicted with ear infections, are particularly susceptible to bacterial ear infections because their immune systems are not yet fully developed. If they get a sinus infection or other bacterial infection in their nose or throat, there's a fair chance it will spread to their ears. You can help keep them from getting bacterial ear infections by trying to keep your child from being exposed to bacterial infections in general. Don't let your child play with another child who has an infection. If your child is an infant, breast feed until the child is at least half a year old to maximize the amount of antibodies in their system.

If your child's bacterial infection is in the ear canal (also known as swimmer's ear) you can help prevent this condition by making sure your child keeps their ear canal dry after swimming or bathing. People of any age should make sure that they're treating their colds, sinus infections, and allergies properly to reduce the risk of these conditions spreading to the ear.

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