There's nothing worse than seeing your baby in pain and one of the unfortunate side effects of cold and flu season can be a painful ear infection. The symptoms, however, vary so widely that the baby really needs to be seen at the office. Please call for an appointment as soon as possible if you suspect your baby is suffering.
There are a few ways to prevent ear infections. Breastfeeding your baby puts them in a position that is less likely to cause fluid to back up in the eustachian tubes of the ears. Kellymom adds, "breastmilk inhibits the formation of bacteria, while formula encourages bacteria; and (2) breastfeeding and bottle feeding are not the same — milk does not pool in the mouth when baby is nursing, as as it does when baby drinks from a bottle."