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Keeping little ears healthy

Middle ear infections are common in children. However there are a few simple things you can do to help keep your child's ears healthy.

Keeping little ears healthy

Hearing helps your child to learn. So it is important to think about their ear health along with the other things you do to keep them healthy and happy.

Middle ear infection, or otitis media, is when there is fluid or pus in the middle ear. If your child has a middle ear infection they might have a sore ear, headache or fever. They might also find it hard to hear you and complain of feeling dizzy.

Sometimes the signs of a middle ear infection are not clear. Luckily middle ear infections usually go away naturally. However if you are worried call the Child Health Information Link on 9562 5400 and ask to see a child and family health nurse. Your local doctor will also be able to help.

If you want to keep your child's ears as healthy as possible, there are a few things you can do. Click on the tips below for more information.

Tips for healthy ears

  • Teach your child to blow their nose
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  • Keep little hands clean
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  • Breastfeed to help your child fight infection
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  • Avoid smoking
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    You can use your Blue Book to keep track of your child's hearing results. If you don't have a Blue Book you can download one by clicking here. It is available in 19 languages.

    If you are worried about your child's hearing in general, you can also call the Child Health Information Link on 9562 5400 and ask to see audiologist.

     
     

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