Hearing management

Updated 30 March 2016

How to prevent middle-ear infection in kids

Infection of the middle ear is one of the most common preventable causes of deafness.

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Infection of the middle ear (also known as otitis media) is one of the most common preventable causes of deafness.

Children are particularly prone to middle-ear infection, because their Eustachian tubes, which ventilate the middle ear and drain off fluids, are narrow and can become blocked easily.

Preventing middle ear infection

Prevent infection of the middle ear by not putting your baby or toddler to bed with a bottle. Milk that runs into the ear may cause infection.

Also don't allow children who have grommets to swim or bath without wearing good plastic or silicone earplugs.

If water that contains bacteria gets into the inner ear they could end up with an ear infection and possibly deafness.

Read more: Can your child hear you?

 

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Tarryn Richardson is a UCT graduate of Audiology. She has run a successful private practice for the past 8 years, and before that worked in the public sector of Audiology. She is passionate about diagnostic audiometry and hearing aid technology and has a specific interest in Tinnitus Management. Tarryn studied further in this field at the University College of London (UCL) in 2012. Tarryn is the proud mother of a beautiful baby boy, Liam. In her free time she loves to travel, hike and spend time with her family.

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