Do children grow out of acute otitis media?

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Acute otitis media is common in children from four months of age up until their fourth birthday. Many children develop three or more middle ear infections before they go to preschool. The good news, however, is that most children outgrow acute otitis media by the time they start kindergarten, between the ages of four and five years old. As they grow older, their immune systems become more developed and their Eustachian tubes change in shape, making them less susceptible.

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