Health Tip: Is Your Child More Prone to Ear Infections?

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(HealthDay News) -- Ear infections are common in children, and may occur for a variety of reasons.

But certain factors -- both environmental and beyond anyone's control -- may increase your child's risk.

The American Academy of Family Physicians lists these common risk factors for ear infections in children:

  • Being around cigarette smoking.
  • Having had ear infections before, frequent colds, or having a family history of ear infections.
  • Going to a day-care center.
  • Being born premature or at low birth weight.
  • Going to bed with a bottle or using a pacifier.
  • Being male.
  • Having allergies that cause congestion.

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