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Tips to avoid kids' ear infections

(HealthDay) -- It's school time again, and if you have young children you're probably preparing for annual inner-ear infections. Called otitis media, ear infections aren't contagious, but the upper-respiratory infections that cause them are.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some tips to help keep your children from being infected:

  • Make sure your kids cover their mouths with disposable tissues when they cough or sneeze, and use disposable tissues to blow their noses;
  • Throw away tissues immediately after using them;
  • Don't let your children play with toys that other kids have put in their mouths;
  • If you see another child put a toy in his or her mouth, set it aside to be washed later.
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