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Monday, July 6, 2009

How to prevent ear infection in infant/toddlers

Ear infections are one of the most worrisome illnesses for both parents and children.Most kids have at least one middle ear infection before they are 2 years old. Below are steps to avoid and prevent your infant or toddler to get an ear infection.
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Difficulty: Moderate
****INSTRUCTIONS****
Step1
*Cigarette Smoke* Kids should avoid going into areas where people are smoking. Cigarette smoking will cause the Eustachian tubes to stop working effectively. * Avoid catching cold Kids should stay away from persons who have the cold or flu. Make sure their hands are properly wash on a regular basic, before eating. Also kids should avoid rubbing their eyes and noses
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Step2 * Breastfeeding* Breastfeeding helps to the lower the chance of an infant getting ear infections * Breastfeed or feed infants/toddlers in upright position Feeding in the correct position is very important, as the fluid will not drain to Eustachian tube and cause the infant to have an ear infection. Also ways feed in an upright position
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Step3
*Daycare* If your child is in daycare, then it is a strong possibility that he/she has constant cold and flu, which sometimes leads to ear infection. Since most daycare can be crowed, which can lead to a greater risk of your child catching cold and flu, try to move your child to a less crowed daycare if possible.
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Step4
*Build Immune System* Give your child enough fruits and vegetables to help build their immune system. Give the daily vitamins and occasionally a dose of cod liver oil, to cleanse the system. Orange juice is a good source for vitamin C to help fight cold and flu. Giving Echinacea which comes in the form of children chewable and drops, can also help boosts the immune system.
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Tips & Warnings
*Make sure to always let your child wash their hands before they eat
*Give child fruits and vegetables to help boosts their immune system
*Avoid smoking areas
*Avoid crowed daycare

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