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Can middle ear infections be prevented?

You can avoid the middle ear infections caused by the common cold by avoiding contact with cold viruses. Washing your hands regularly, avoiding contact with infected people, and avoiding contact with personal items of an infected person are ways you can reduce your exposure to the viruses that cause colds. In addition, breastfeeding may help prevent ear infections in infants.

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