Sep 5, 2016

Dr. Gellner: We hear it all the time, old wives' tales about triggers for colds and ear infections. We'll tackle the top three today on The Scope. I'm Dr. Cindy Gellner.

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Dr. Gellner: Some parents think teething causes ear infections. Nope. Teething causes gum swelling, babies to drool and chew on things and eventually, a tooth to appear. But teething just happens to occur around the same time that babies and toddlers are more prone to ear infections. The two aren't connected.

Another very popular old wives' tale is that if you go outside with wet hair if it's cold or windy, you'll get a cold or an ear infection. The only thing your child will get if they go outside with wet hair is a cold head.

Colds are caused by viruses and ear infections are caused by bacteria. Colds are more common when it's fall and winter when the temperatures dip and it gets blustery, and ear infections are a common complication of colds. But your child's hair moisture status is not a factor.

Lastly, sleeping with the window open or the fan on causes a cold. Again, colds are caused by viruses, not the air circulation of your bedroom. Your body may get cold, but you won't get sick.

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