People who smoke have a higher risk of ear infections. Children who are around people who smoke also have higher risk of ear infections. Quitting is the best way to lower this risk. There are many tools that can help. Talk to your doctor about options that may help. If you do smoke, do not smoke in the house or car. This will lower children's exposure to smoke.
Ear infections are often caused by viruses like colds. Wash hands often to decrease the risk of colds.
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Last Updated: 8/26/2020