4 months old boy | 2 years ago
Is it true that colds cause babies to get ear infections?
2 years ago
2 years ago
Yes. A cold can cause your baby to develop an ear infection. A cold often leads to the middle ear, the space between your baby's eardrum and inner ear, becoming swollen. The swelling can trap fluid inside your baby's ear. This creates a warm, wet environment where bacteria can spread. When the infection sets in, pus develops and pressure on your baby's eardrum causes it to bulge and become inflamed. Your baby may then get a fever as her body attempts to fight the infection. Your baby is prone to this buildup of fluid because the tube in her middle ear is short and horizontal, as it's still developing. As she grows up, the tube will become longer and more vertical, reducing the chance of infection. If your baby has a cough or runny nose and suddenly develops a fever three to five days later, this is a sign she has an ear infection. She may also tug at her ear or be out of sorts. Sucking and swallowing can also hurt. Your baby may start to feed and then pull away from your breast or a bottle, seemingly in pain.