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By making certain lifestyle changes like improving hygeine or reducing allergy causing objects in your home, you may be able to reduce your (or your child’s) risk of developing recurrent ear infections and complications that can threaten hearing. For information on preventing future ear infections, see Reducing Your Risk of Ear Infections .

Revision Information

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  • Ear infections in children. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) website. Available at: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/ear-infections-children. Accessed September 21, 2015.

  • Middle ear infections. Healthy Children—American Academy of Pediatrics website. Available at: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/ear-nose-throat/Pages/Middle-Ear-Infections.aspx. Updated August 20, 2015. Accessed September 21, 2015.