These factors increase your chance of developing middle ear infection:
- Recent viral infection (eg, cold )
- Recent sinusitis
- Age: babies and toddlers
- Season: winter
- Attendance at day care
- Babies who are forumula-fed
- Medical conditions that cause abnormalities of the eustachian tubes, such as:
- History of allergies (environmental allergies, food [milk] allergies )
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Babies whose mothers drank alcohol while pregnant
- Exposure to second hand smoke, usually cigarette smoke, but also from cooking and wood-heating
Tell your doctor if you have any of these risk factors.
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