Ear Infections – Predicting Them! Preventing Them?

Ear Infections - Predicting Them! Preventing Them?

Testing a baby’s cord blood for levels of maternal antibodies to pneumococcal bacteria can predict the frequency of ear infections.

Information presented at the May 2000 American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology meeting in Orlando, Florida indicates that low levels of antibodies mean more ear infections.

Perhaps routinely giving the pneumococcal vaccine to women will enable them to produce the antibodies that can protect their children. This may prove to be even more effective at preventing ear infections than giving it to babies and depending on their immature immune systems to create the antibodies over time.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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