Do children grow out of viral ear infections?

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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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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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