SPECIAL OFFER: - Limited Time Only!
(The ad below will not display on your printed page)

Say YES to your FREE SUBSCRIPTION today! Simply fill in the form below and click "Subscribe". You'll receive American Baby® magazine ABSOLUTELY FREE! (U.S. requests only)

Email:

First Name:

Last Name:

Address:

City:

State:

Zip:

Mother's Birth State: 
Is this your first child?
Yes
No
Due date or child's birthdate:
Your first FREE issue of American Baby® Magazine packed with great tips and expert advice will arrive within 4 to 6 weeks. In the meantime, your e-mail address is required to access your account and member benefits online, but rest assured that we will not share your e-mail address with anyone. Free subscription is subject to publisher's qualifications. Publisher bases number of issues served on birth and due dates provided. Click here to view our privacy policy.

Ear Infection Culprits

Skimping on hygiene
Ear Ache

Always wash your child's hands and toys often. If he's exposed to fewer germs, he may not contract as many colds that invite bacteria into his ears. Attending a daycare with six or fewer children, if possible, can also reduce his risk of infection.

Relying on pacifiers

Studies show that babies who stop using pacifiers after 6 months of age have one-third fewer ear infections than kids who hang onto them. Sucking may change the pressure balance between the air and nasal passages, making it more difficult for fluid to drain properly.

Bottlefeeding

Infants who breastfeed are less prone to ear infections because a mother's milk passes along immunity that protects the middle ear. If you bottlefeed, hold your baby in an upright, seated position to prevent formula from entering the middle ear and establishing a breeding ground for bacteria. And don't give your baby a bottle while she's lying in bed.

Inhaling secondhand smoke

This irritates and swells the passage connecting the middle ear and nose, making it easier for infections to take hold.

Skipping the pneumococcal vaccine

It fights diseases like pneumonia and bacterial meningitis-and it reduces cases of middle ear infections in infants and children.