Can middle ear infections be prevented?
In most cases, middle ear infections cannot be prevented. However, it may be possible to reduce the chances of catching a virus by maintaining good hygiene habits and keeping up to date with vaccinations against pneumococcal bacteria, Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) and the seasonal flu virus. In children and infants, continuing with breastfeeding, eliminating household tobacco smoke and discontinuing dummy use after 6 to 12 months of age may also help to reduce the chances of infection.
Author: Lauren Donley
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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