Commons Childhood Infections May Cause Late Life Hearing Loss

Here's another reason why your little one's first years of life are so important in preparing her for a healthy future.

Children who suffer from recurring common infections in early life may be at a greater risk for late-life hearing loss, according to new research from the Newcastle Thousand Families study.

Published in the journal Ear and Hearing, the study revealed that people who had tonsillitis, otorrhea (ear discharge), bronchitis or severe respiratory infections were more likely to develop hearing loss in their 60s.

The Newcastle Thousand Families study began in 1947 with a group of more than 1,100 infants born in the northern United Kingdom city of Newcastle upon Tyne. The group has been a part of numerous tests over the years evaluating their experiences with a range of medical issues from birth to age 67.

Study authors suggested in their research that by reducing the number of childhood infectious diseases, the number of people who suffer from hearing loss later in life could be decreased, though research from more contemporary groups of children is also necessary to confirm this possible link.

Do you know what to do if your baby is sick? Check out these need-to-know tips so you're prepared to handle any potential health emergencies.

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