Ear infections are very common in children for several reasons. One is the shorter length of the drainage tube that runs between the ear and the throat, making it easier for infections to reach the middle ear.3 Young children get more colds than adults and this can increase the risk of an ear infection.3
There are other things that can increase the risk for ear infection, such as a family history of ear infections, being bottle-fed, and second-hand smoke.3 If your child is getting regular ear infections, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about things you can do to lower the risk of these infections.
Did you know?
Five out of six children will have an ear infection by the time they turn three.4