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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Breastfeeding, vaccination cut the risk of ear infections in babies - New study

A new study has revealed that higher rates of breastfeeding, use of vaccinations and lower rates of smoking by mothers can reduce the rates of ear infections during the first year of a baby.

For the study, 367 babies less than one month old were investigated from October 2008 to March 2014, till their first birthday.  The findings, published in the journal Pediatrics, revealed that the rates of ear infection dropped from 18 to 6 percent in three month olds, from 39 to 23 percent in six month olds and from 62 to 46 percent in one year olds.


The lead researcher Tasnee Chonmaitree, professor at University of Texas in US said, 
"Prolonged breastfeeding was associated with significant reductions in both colds and ear infections, which is a common complication of the cold,"  
"It is likely that medical interventions in the past few decades, such as the use of pneumonia and flu vaccines and decreased smoking helped reduce ear infection incidences," 
"We clearly showed that frequent upper respiratory infections, carriage of bacteria in the nose, and lack of breastfeeding are major risk factors for ear infections," 
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