Ready for some incredible news? Ear infection rates in little kids have been at their lowest over the past 10 years, and the pneumococcal vaccine, which protects babies against the bacteria that causes them, may be responsible for the drop.
According to a study published in Pediatrics, the likeliness that your kid will come down with an ear infection has taken a serious nose dive over the past decade — and that's the biggest decease they've ever seen.
The study looked at 615 children between the ages of 6 months and 36 months over a 10-year span and documented how frequently they came down with a case of Acute Otitis Media, which is an ear infection. Researchers found that since the development of the pneumococcal vaccine in 2000, ear infection rates have been at their lowest. They also concluded that the most common time for your baby to suffer an ear infection is between 6 months and a year old.
And while that's definitely great to hear, similar to the influenza virus, the bacteria that causes an ear infection has been shifting to become more resistant to common antibiotics, like amoxicillin.
The pneumococcal vaccine is typically given to babies in four parts at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and between 12 to 15 months old.