Did you know when babies are born; hearing is their only fully developed sense?
During their childhood they may experience temporary hearing loss as a result of Otitis Media or middle ear infections.
If a child can’t hear, they may develop speech, language and learning difficulties. Their social, physical and emotional development may be affected as well as their long-term education and employment opportunities.
Signs of otitis media include:
Pain in the ear
Runny fluid or pus from the ears
There are a range of others which you can view here. Sometimes kids with otitis media may have none of these symptoms so it’s a good idea to get their ears checked every time you’re at the doctors.
Breastfeeding from birth helps bubs strengthen their immune system, to fight off colds and infections that lead Otitis Media.
If you’re bottle feeding position the baby in an up-right position. Feeding them on their back allows the milk to flow from their mouth to the tubes that connect the back of the throat to the ear. If fluid gets trapped in there, germs can grow in it and cause ear infections.