What Is An Ear Infection?

The middle ear is the space behind the eardrum that contains tiny bones that transmit sound from the eardrum to the inner ear. An infection can occur when bacteria or viruses enter the middle ear and cause inflammation.

Why Are Children More Prone?

Immature and horizontal Eustachian Tubes

One reason why children are more prone is that their Eustachian tubes are shorter and more horizontal than those of adults. The Eustachian tubes help to regulate the pressure in the middle ear and drain fluids. In children, these tubes are more prone to becoming blocked or congested, which can lead to fluid build-up and infection.

Exposure to Germs

Children are more likely to be exposed to germs because they spend a lot of time near other children, such as in day-care or school. This increased exposure to germs can make them more susceptible.

Pacifier Use

Pacifier use has been linked to an increased risk because the sucking motion can pull bacteria from the mouth into the Eustachian tubes.

Steps that can be taken to reduce the risk:

  • Practice Good Hygiene
  • Encourage your child to wash their hands frequently.
  • Breastfeeding can help to boost your child’s immune system.
  • Avoid Exposure to Secondhand Smoke.
  • Limit pacifier use, especially after 6 months of age. If your child uses a pacifier, make sure it is cleaned frequently.



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