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Welcome to our Baby Website where you’ll find lots of information on the wonderful journey of parenthood, from pregnancy, to birth and your child’s early development. Every child’s development is different, so be sure to consult with your health care professional if you have any concerns.

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When it comes to babies, Breastfeeding is best, and provides the ideal balanced diet and protection against illness. During pregnancy and after delivery, a mother’s diet should contain sufficient key nutrients. Professional guidance can be sought on diet and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. Infant formula is intended to replace breast-milk when mothers do not breastfeed. A decision not to breast-feed, or to introduce partial bottle-feeding, could reduce the supply of breast-milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use, such as the use of unboiled water, unboiled bottles or incorrect dilution may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications, such as the preparation requirements and the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age, should be considered when choosing how to feed infants.

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Ear Infection

Baby Ear Infections

One of the most common infections in children between six months and two years is a middle-ear infection called otitis media.

Viral infection can cause baby ear infection

Often acute otitis media happens due to a complication of a viral infection but there can also be other causes. Inflammation obstructs the eustachian tube and hampers the passage of air through it. A sticky liquid collects in the middle ear and becomes a breeding ground for bacteria causing the middle ear infection. An accumulation of fluid may occur which causes a pressure build up and severe pain.

There can be several signs and symptoms indicating your baby might have an ear infection

Symptoms of ear infection

Toddler pulling at earThere can be several signs and symptoms indicating your baby might have an ear infection and some of these are listed below.  Always seek advice from your healthcare professional if you think your baby may have an ear infection.  Some of the symptoms listed below may also be an indication something else is wrong so it’s never safe to self-diagnose.

  • Tugging at the ear – If your baby is pulling or tugging at his ear it can be a sign of ear trouble but not always. He would be irritable as well.
  • Foul smell – The fluid drainage inside the ear may have a foul odour. This drainage is different from normal ear wax. Its colour may be orange-yellow or reddish brown.
  • Fever and cold – If your baby has a fever and a cold along with hearing troubles and is restless in their sleep, they may be suffering from an ear infection. In some cases appetite might also decrease.

Treatment and prevention

An ear infection often resolves with no treatment.  The fluid flows from the ear when the drum has perforated. Your baby usually feels better after this and the drum heals. Glue ear can result if fluid remains in the ear canal. The blocked canal can cause hearing problems and speech delay.

Clear the ear, nose and throat – Always maintain good ear hygiene and keeping your baby’s nose and throat clear when your baby has a cold can help. Using humidifiers and normal saline in the nasal passages as well as drinking plenty of fluid can help.

Ear hygiene – Ear infections can be prevented by ensuring proper ear hygiene. Breastfeeding can help since it boosts the immune system which in turn helps in preventing ear infections.

Consult the doctor – Consult your doctor to ensure the right care and treatment if you suspect your baby has an ear infection.

There is no need to worry if your baby gets an ear infection. Most resolve with good hygiene management but it may sometimes cause damage to the ear drum or result in long term hearing impairment from a condition called Glue Ear.

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