You asked: How do babies get double ear infections?

An ear infection is usually caused by bacteria or viruses. It forms when infected fluid builds up in the middle ear. When the infection occurs in both ears, it’s called a double ear infection or bilateral ear infection. A double ear infection is considered more serious than an infection in one ear.

What causes ear infections in babies?

Ear infections are caused by a bacteria or virus and lead to fluid buildup in the eustachian tubes, which prevents them from draining normally from the middle ear. Ear infections often occur when a child has a cold, sinus infection or allergies.

Why do kids get multiple ear infections?

Kids (especially in the first 2 to 4 years of life) get ear infections more than adults do for several reasons: Their shorter, more horizontal eustachian tubes let bacteria and viruses find their way into the middle ear more easily. The tubes are also narrower, so more likely to get blocked.

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How can I prevent recurrent ear infections in my baby?

Here are things you can do to reduce your child’s risk for ear infections.

  1. Vaccinate your child. Make sure your child is up to date on vaccinations. …
  2. Wash your hands. …
  3. Breastfeed. …
  4. Avoid bottles in bed. …
  5. Avoid smoke exposure. …
  6. Decrease pacifier use. …
  7. Switch your child to a smaller daycare center.

Can teething cause ear infections?

Can babies get ear infections from teething? Although teething pain and ear pain are linked, teething doesn’t cause ear infections. The thing that’s most likely to cause an ear infection is actually the common cold.

How do you get rid of a double ear infection?

Antibiotics. The antibiotic used to treat a double ear infection can come in the form of ear drops or an oral medication, which is taken by mouth. An ear infection is usually treated with the antibiotic amoxicillin, as long as you are not allergic to penicillin.

Do pacifiers cause ear infections?

Continuous sucking on a pacifier causes the auditory tubes to become abnormally open, which allows secretions from the throat to seep into the middle ear. This transmission of bacteria in the secretions may lead to middle ear infections.

How many ear infections is too many for a child?

How many ear infections are too many? One or two ear infections a year is fairly normal (never fun to handle, but normal nonetheless). However, if your child has three episodes in six months or four in a year, then you’ve got a case of chronic ear infections.

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When do babies outgrow ear infections?

Despite your natural concern for the health and comfort of your child, there is good news: Most children will outgrow ear infections by 3 to 5 years of age.

Why did my ear infection come back?

When ear infections keep coming back, it’s generally the result of an infection of the middle ear (otitis media), the area behind the eardrum. This occurs when bacteria or a virus, perhaps due to a respiratory infection, spreads to the ear via the eustachian tube.

What color is ear infection drainage?

Most commonly, discharge from the ear is ear wax. But it also may include blood or a clear or milky white liquid. The fluid may also be a mix of these. Ear wax is yellow to orange-brown in color and is generally not a medical problem.

What foods help ear infection?

Taking a probiotic supplement or eating foods high in probiotics, like yogurt, may help prevent future ear infections. Taking a vitamin D supplement may also help. More research is needed on both probiotics and vitamin D supplements to confirm that they help prevent ear infections.

Why do ear infections get worse at night?

Pain is worse at night, again because of low cortisol levels. Lying down also backs up drainage into the middle ear, causing pressure on the eardrum and pain.

Why do babies grab the back of their heads?

Some babies arch their backs and throw their heads back when they’re upset or frustrated. This can happen while they’re lying down, sitting down, standing — or even cradling in your arms. A baby in the heat of a tantrum may also cry, whine, and thrash about. Just about anything might set off a temper tantrum.

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Can babies get ear infections from drinking while lying down?

A baby who lies down while drinking from a bottle may get more ear infections: The formula, milk, or juice can go up through the eustachian tubes, irritating or swelling them. The sugar in these liquids causes germs to grow.