Ear infection usually occurs after a cold or other upper respiratory infection. The tube connecting the throat and the middle ear swells and prevents air from entering the middle ear. Fluid gets trapped in the middle ear and therefore viruses or bacteria grow causing infection. Since younger children have smaller and softer ears, and their eustachian tubes are horizontal chances are they’ll be more likely to get ear infection. Some symptoms of ear infection are vomiting, yellow drainage from the ear, ear pain, fever, irritability, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping. If any of these symptoms persist your doctor might prescribe antibiotics, some type of pain reliever, and/or eardrops. Ear infections usually happen more in children who are around smoke so try to prevent your baby from breathing contaminated air. Wash your child’s hands often & administer the proper immunizations.