A recent study showed a decline in childhood ear infections over the last 20 years. Scientists credit this decline to a variety of factors, including:
- Regular use of pneumococcal vaccine
- Increased use of influenza vaccine
- Increases in the number of mothers that breastfeed
- Decreases in exposure to cigarette smoke
Acute Otitis Media and Other Complications of Viral Respiratory Infection. Tasnee Chonmaitree, Rocio Trujillo, Kristofer Jennings, Pedro Alvarez-Fernandez, Janak A. Patel, Michael J. Loeffelholz, Johanna Nokso-Koivisto, Reuben Matalon, Richard B. Pyles, Aaron L. Miller, David P. McCormick. Pediatrics. 2016 Mar 28. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2015-3555.