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Health Tip: Children Who Are at Risk for Ear Infection

Kids most likely to get one

(HealthDay News) -- Ear infections are common in children, and may be chronic.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this list of risk factors for ear infections in children:

  • Being around smokers.
  • Having had a prior ear infection or a family history of ear infection.
  • Going to day care.
  • Being born prematurely or having a low birth weight.
  • Having frequent colds or other infections.
  • Going to bed with a bottle, or using a pacifier.
  • Being a boy.
  • Having allergy-related nasal congestion.
  • Having nasally speech.
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