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Do children grow out of bacterial ear infections?

It is fairly common for bacterial ear infections to clear up on their own, no matter what age you are. It is also fairly common for afflicted people to take antibiotics to help fight the infection. What children do grow out of, however, is their susceptibility to bacterial and other types of middle ear infections. As children grow, their ear passageways get wider, their immune systems get stronger, and their hygiene habits often become better. By the time they reach the age of four or five, the likelihood that children will come down with middle ear infections will have decreased significantly.
Swimmer's ear (another type of bacterial ear infection that affects the ear canal) can happen to anyone who doesn't keep their ears properly dry and clean. This condition is not dependent on age.

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