During the first few years of life, good hearing skills are so important for developing good awareness of speech sounds. When children have chronic ear infections, sounds are distorted, and it can impair their development of accurate speech sound production.
Here are some tips for keeping ear infections to a minimum:
Practice Good Hygiene
Any time your child has a cold or ear infection, encourage him to drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to thin out mucous to promote drainage.
Use it Up
According to the Mayo Clinic, antibiotics may not be necessary to clear up an ear infection, but when antibiotics are prescribed, make sure your child takes the full dose. Taking partial doses can weaken—but not kill—the bacteria. Weakened bacteria can mutate and develop immunity to antibiotics, making them more difficult to wipe out in the future.
Consider More Aggressive Treatment
If your child has repeated ear infections, he may be at risk for delayed speech and language acquisition. Ask your pediatrician if pressure equalization tubes would help to lessen the recurrence of the infections.