Ear infection in infants: Prevention and cure

Ear infection in infants: Prevention and cureUpdated on : 02-01-2017 04:45 PM
Ear infections are common in children. One of the possible causes of ear infection is wrong feeding position. Feeding the baby in lying down position can increase the risk of ear infections.


EAR INFECTION IN INFANTS

Ear infection is common in Infants

Cause in majority cases is wrong feeding position of the baby

Feeding the baby in lying position, may be a risk

If baby is on lying while being fed, milk enters the middle ear

Because the liquid can enter the eustacian tube and introduce bacteria or viruses into the middle ear

Milk is rich in protein and sugar becomes good media for the growth of bacteria

It causes infection in the middle ear

This may cause certain symptoms in the baby


SYMPTOMS

Irritability

Crying continuously

Pulling the ear

Refusing the feed


PRECAUTIONS

Consult the specialist in case of symptoms occur

Keep the head of the baby elevated while feeding

Take the baby on the shoulder, once the feeding is completed

Rub the back of the infant

Always burp your baby when feeding time is over

Feeding safely reduces the risk of ear infection

Infants should therefore be in a slightly sitting-up position while taking the feed this may help in reducing the risk of ear infection in the baby.

(PT)

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