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Common Cold and Ear Infection Link in Youngsters Confirmed

Researchers have finally confirmed what they had suspected all along, that there is a link between the common cold and ear infections in young children. As a matter of fact, they have identified the viruses that cause the highest rates of infections.

Ear infections and fluid buildup in the ear have long been a common problem in the pediatric population. In some cases, ear infections can lead to hearing problems. The good news is that now parents can take steps to reduce the risk of their children catching a cold.

Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston recommend the influenza vaccine, which is available for children ages 6 months and older. You should avoid exposing your child to people with colds. If your child attends daycare, enroll in a daycare with the fewest amount of children possible. Finally, teach your child good hand washing skills.


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