Does giving a baby a bottle in bed cause ear infections?

Can a baby get an ear infection from drinking lying down?

A baby who lies down while drinking from a bottle may get more ear infections: The formula, milk, or juice can go up through the eustachian tubes, irritating or swelling them. The sugar in these liquids causes germs to grow.

Does feeding in lying down cause ear infections?

You might hear that breastfeeding your baby in a lying down position will cause ear infections. Research indicates that this is not true. No matter what positioning you use, breastfeeding actually works to decrease the incidence of ear infections.

Is it bad for babies to drink milk lying down?

Never feed your baby lying flat or leave her alone propped up with a bottle, as she may choke. Laying her flat can also make it more likely that milk will flow back down her throat to her middle ear, causing an ear infection.

Can milk cause ear infections?

Milk does not cause middle ear infections

Allergic inflammation causes swelling in the nose and around the opening of the ear canal, interfering with drainage of the middle ear. Children with cow’s milk allergy may appear to have more frequent infections.

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What does baby ear infection look like?

Signs of Infection

A red, bulging eardrum. Clear, yellow, or greenish fluid behind the eardrum. There may also be some blood. Earwax buildup.

Can I feed my baby lying on bed?

Yes, when done correctly, breastfeeding while lying down is perfectly safe. Follow these tips to make sure your baby is comfortable and safe: Practice during the day before trying to use it at night.

Do pacifiers make ear infections worse?

These studies show a clear increase in risk of ear infection to be associated with use of a pacifier that may well be causal. The risk of ear infections is up to three times higher in those who use a pacifier and there does appear to be a ‘dose response’ with continual users more at risk than occasional users.

How long after feeding can baby lay down?

Try to keep your baby upright and still for 15 to 30 minutes after feeding. When your baby’s stomach is full, sudden movements and position changes may cause reflux.

Why can babies drink lying down?

Don’t feed her lying down—formula can flow into the middle ear, causing an infection. To prevent your baby from swallowing air as she sucks, tilt the bottle so that the formula fills the neck of the bottle and covers the nipple.

What is the right position to feed a baby?

In general, the infant should be positioned so that they are facing the mum’s body and their head, shoulders and hips are in alignment. Some of the most commonly used positions include the cradle position, cross-cradle position, clutch position and side-lying position.

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