Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Shoes | 2009/12/04

Q.

Ears

Hello,

I would like to leave a bottle of water in the cot for my 6 month old baby to find at night, if he wakes up thirsty. He can hold his bottle with the handles.

I am worried that if he drinks lying down, the fluid could run down the Eustachian tube and this may lead to ear infections.

Do you think I should prop his head up on a pillow and then give him water?

I have been previously breastfeeding him lying down as I have read that breast milk does not go down the tube, but want to give up breastfeeding and am not sure how to deal with night feeds.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I am not happy with this idea. There is the danger of your baby choking besides the problem of possible ear infections. You can only try this when he is a good deal older.

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