Are children more prone to ear disorders?

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Children seem to be more prone to one type of ear disorder, ear infections. Blame simple anatomy for such ear infections. Children have shorter eustachian tubes, the tubes leading from the nose to the middle ear. Eustachian tubes tend to be horizontal in children, rather than vertical as they get older. A simple cold can block fluid in the middle ear, leading to an infection. The adenoids, infection-fighting tissues in the throat, can press against the eustachian tubes and cause fluid buildup. Children also have less developed immune systems, making them more susceptible to respiratory illnesses and ear infections.

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