Prevent ear infection in babies
Take good care of your child’s ears, they are meant to last for a life time. Early ear care plays a major role in how well your baby’s ears function.
Use a damp , soft cloth or a cotton swab. Clean the outside crevices of your toddler’s ears. Check for any foreign objects that may have gone in. Children are known to stick things in their ears including erasers, beads etc. Do not probe the inside of the ear with any thing. Probing can puncture the eardrum, push the wax further in , impair hearing and cause infection. DO NOT USE EAR BUDS.
Keep water from getting into your child’s ears. Cup a hand over his ears while pouring water on his head when washing.
Wax is the gooey substance in the ear that protects the sensitive ear canals- it traps dirt and dust- so that it doesn’t enter inside the ear. When the ears are cleaned, this dirt is taken away along with the wax.
If there is an excessive deposit of wax, check with the doctor who may remove it , recommend drops to loosen it or suggest that you ignore it. Never try to remove wax yourself even with a cotton swab. You could push it further into the ear canal-damaging the ear drum.
Preventing ear infections:
Minimize your child’s risk of infection. Prevent your child from exposure to second hand smoke, i.e.Take your child away from a smoky kitchen or from cigarette smoke. Exposure makes your child vulnerable to ear infections.
Keep your baby away from sick kids as germs even from common colds can lead to ear infections.
Wash your and your baby’s hands frequently.
Have you immunized you child? The vaccine, which is given to prevent serious infections such as pneumonia and meningitis, may also reduce the risk of ear infectins.
Wean your toddler off the bottle by age 1 and discourage drinking from the bottle or sipping cup while lying down . These habits cant step up the risk of ear infection( breast feeding doesn’t). Wean your child even off the pacifier, the use of which may increase the risk of ear infection.
Loud sounds: Teach your child to cover his ears to ward off loud sounds. Don’t give your child toys that make a jarring sound. Don’t allow anyone to scream into his ears.