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Do children grow out of viral ear infections?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Changes in the structure of the middle ear mean that by age 5, viral ear infections become less likely. This is why most viral ear infections occur between the ages of 3 months and 3 years. In addition to the physical changes in their Eustachian tubes, children also begin to develop stronger immune systems as they grow older.

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