Boys Town's Top 5 Tips to Help Prevent Ear Infections

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Boys Town releases advice for parents on how to help prevent childhood ear infections.

Most children will have at least one ear infection by the time they are two years old.

Boys Town releases advice for parents on how to help prevent childhood ear infections. The national child and healthcare organization, started over 90 years ago, is a leader in parenting advice. Getting an ear infection can mean extreme pain for children and sleepless nights for parents. The following can help prevent ear infections:
1.    Protect your child from second-hand tobacco smoke.
2.    Reduce your child’s exposure to colds during the first two years of life as much as possible.
3.    Breast-feed your baby during the first 6 to 12 months of life.
4.    Bottle feed your child at a 45 degree angle.
5.    Discuss any significant symptoms of reflux such as excessive spitting up or stomach pain with your physician as this is a risk factor.

“Most children will have at least one ear infection by the time they are two years old,” says Dr. Heather Gomes. “For those children who have recurring ear infections, further evaluation and treatment by an Ear, Nose and Throat physician is recommended to avoid delays in speech and language skills.”

You can find more information on ear infections at Boys Town Hospital.
The Boys Town National Hotline also offers free advice to parents 24/7. Call 1-800-448-3000.

About Boys Town
Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for more than 90 years. In 2010, Boys Town’s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 400,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.

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