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Common Baby Health Problems Parents Should Be Aware Of

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EAR INFECTION

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This is one of the few common infant problems that requires a trip to the doctor. The most common type of ear infection is acute otitis media, when fluid gets trapped behind the ear. These ear infections commonly occur before your baby is able to tell you what’s wrong. However, you should be able to see the signs of an ear infection: She might tug on her ears, cry more than usual, have trouble sleeping, or struggle with her hearing and balance. She may also have a fever. Babies are prone to this type of infection because it’s more difficult for fluid to drain from their underdeveloped ears. You should take your baby to the doctor if she exhibits any of these symptoms, who will prescribe the proper medicine to help the infection clear up within a few days.

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