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How to Protect Your Child’s E.N.T. Health and Prevent Illness


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Did you know that February is Kids E.N.T Health Month? Given the number of upper respiratory problems kids face during the winter, it makes a lot of sense!

a doctor looking in a young girl's ear with the mom sitting in the background with title text reading How to Keep Your Child Healthy with E.N.T. Care

Since helping you have a healthy, happy family is one of my main goals, I wanted to take this opportunity to share some easy ways for you to protect your child’s ear, nose and throat health.

How to Protect Your Child’s Ears, Nose, and Throat

Colds, runny noses, and ear infections all work hand-in-hand and can lead to more serious problems like pneumonia and bronchitis. And ear infections can even lead to hearing loss.

That’s why it’s important to take E.N.T. health seriously. Thankfully, you can do a lot to keep your kids healthy with just a few simple strategies.

1. Keep Objects Out of the Ear

Despite the widespread use of cotton swabs to clean ears, doctors do not recommend EVER putting anything in your ear that is smaller than your elbow. Our ears are naturally designed to purge dirt and wax.

If you really feel you MUST clean your child’s ears in some way, this is how to do it:

Also, just as you teach your kids not to stick objects in electrical outlets or to put non-food items in their mouths, emphasize the importance of keeping objects out of their ears.

2. Reduce Your Child’s Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke significantly increases children’s risk of colds, sore throats, bronchitis, and pneumonia. It also increases the number and duration of ear infections.

Don’t allow smoking in your home or around your children. If possible, avoid bringing your children to places where they’ll be exposed to cigarette smoke.

3. Teach Your Child Good Hygiene

You can greatly reduce your child’s risk of contracting viruses and infections by teaching your child to wash their hands frequently, especially before eating. Also, remind your child to avoid placing items others have touched in their mouth.

a child washing their hands at a sink in a white bathroom

4. Reduce the Risk of Infection in Your Home

You can minimize the spread of illnesses within your own home by disinfecting commonly touched surfaces. In addition to your typical disinfection of kitchen and bathroom surfaces, make sure to wipe down doorknobs, light switches, electronics, and remote controls.

5. Bolster Your Child’s Immunity

Unfortunately, no matter how much you safeguard your child against germs that will cause upper respiratory infections, those microscopic organisms might still find a way into your child’s body. So, one of the best ways to protect your family is to improve their bodies’ ability to fight off common threats.

A really easy, but relatively unknown, way to promote E.N.T. health is to create probiotic balance. Who knew? If you’re like me, you probably assumed probiotics were all about digestive health.

There’s a great product from Lifestix designed specifically to bring probiotic immune support to ears, nose, and throat. Using the BLIS K12 probiotic strain, Lifestix E.N.T. Care promote healthy bacterial growth in mouths, crowding out harmful bacteria.

two boxes of Lifestix E.N.T. care with three packs of it on the white table

Don’t be fooled by the packets, which resemble drink mixes. No liquid required. You just open the pouch and pour directly into your mouth.

Kids 2-12 can have one pack per day, while teens and adults should take two packs per day. Make sure you keep these with your vitamins instead of in the pantry with the crackers and fruit pouches because my 10-year old was asking if she could have these as snacks! They do taste really good.

It’s impossible to shelter our kids completely from illness, but the tips above should help keep your family healthier throughout the year. By safeguarding their ears, noses, and throats, you can prevent many colds and infections from developing or at least minimize their impact.

3 thoughts on “How to Protect Your Child’s E.N.T. Health and Prevent Illness”

  1. I never took into account that second-hand smoke can make children at risk of colds and other ENT illnesses. I guess that is why my son has been having colds ever since we visited his grandpa. It is because the dad of my husband has always been a chain smoker ever since he was a teen as what my husband has told me. My son might have been sick because of that. We should go and see a doctor to solve this.

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  2. It’s great to learn how to take care of kids ENT. I like how you said that teaching them good hygiene can help. Ear infections and things are not fun, so I’ll try to teach my sons proper care!

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