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Ear Infections Statistic
More than 80 percent of children have had an ear infection by age three, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
*Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

Pediatric Ear Infection Prevention

Although researchers are not sure why some children have chronic ear infections and others don’t, there are some clear environmental and biological factors that have been found to reduce ear infections. From breastfeeding to not smoking, parents can make a difference in reducing or eliminating their children’s chances of contracting ear infections.

Children with fewer ear infections include:

  • Those who have been breastfed
  • Those in smoke-free homes
  • Those who are older than two years old
  • Those who have been immunized against the flu
  • Those in smaller daycare or home settings
  • Those who have been weaned off a pacifier