Children most frequently get fluid in their ears due to having short Eustachian tubes. Most of the time treatment is not necessary for fluid in the ears. The fluid will usually drain on its own within a few weeks but if the fluid is present for more than 6 weeks then proper treatment is required.
Here are few tips for preventing fluid in the ears:
- If your child is in daycare, consider taking him out or switching to a smaller daycare if he gets fluid in his ears frequently.
- Wash your hands and your child’s toys frequently.
- Avoid overusing antibiotics.
- Encourage breastfeeding if possible, even for just a few weeks. Infants who are breastfed get sick less often and are less likely to get ear infections even years later.