Children may be at higher risk for ear infections if they:
- Are around people who smoke.
- Have had previous ear infections.
- Have a family history of ear infections.
- Attend day care (because they are exposed to more germs and viruses).
- Were born prematurely or with a low birth weight.
- Have frequent colds or other infections.
- Are bottle-fed rather than breast-fed (only a factor in first few months).
- Take a bottle to bed.
- Use a pacifier.
- Are male (boys tend to get more ear infections than girls).
- Have nasal speech (caused by large adenoids that block the eustachian tube).
- Have allergies with nasal congestion.
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