What are ways to prevent earaches in a young child?

These are a few things that can be done to help prevent earaches in a young child:
  • Feed an infant in a relatively upright position to prevent liquids from getting into the Eustachian tubes.
  • Breast-feed your baby. Studies show that breast-fed babies develop fewer ear infections
  • Do not allow infants to fall asleep with a bottle. (Nursing babies may fall asleep at the breast.)
  • Keep your child away from second-hand smoke, which is associated with more frequent ear infections.
  • Feed a bottle to an infant or a toddler during takeoff and descent to help prevent his or her ears from becoming clogged and painful.
  • Teach your child how to blow his or her nose gently.
  • If possible, limit your child's contact with other children who have colds.
  • Moisture and humidity are important in keeping the mucus thin. Using a vaporizer may help keep air moist.

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