Helpful Tips From Ari Brown, MD

Dr Ari Brown, co-author of Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for your Baby's First Year shares these valuable tips for
Ari Brown, MD, FAAP

Dr Ari Brown, co-author of Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for your Baby's First Year shares these valuable tips for parents of babies.
1. Feed your baby in an upright position. Milk can get into the Eustachian tubes if the baby is lying horizontally while eating (known as 'bottle propping')

2. Avoid pacifiers after three months of age. There is scientific data to suggest this is a risk factor.

3. Don't smoke. Smoke is a respiratory irritant that makes the eustachian tubes swell and not function appropriately in both the smoker and household members exposed to them.

4. Infection control during the cold and flu season. Good handwashing and flu shots for the whole family are helpful. Getting the PREVNAR vaccine (pneumococcal) may help limit the number of ear infections as well.

5. Reconsider your child care options. Kids in daycare settings get more viral upper respiratory infections (colds) which lead to the ear infections. They also get more ear infections caused by drug-resistant bugs. PregnancyAndBaby.com

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