Your baby is extra fussy, she won't stay down for a nap, and she's tugging on her ear. Moms and dads know that means an ear infection. But fewer parents are experiencing that these days, because ear infections are becoming less common.
A study just released Monday shows 46 percent of the babies born between 2008 and 2014 developed a middle ear infection before their first birthday. That's a big drop from 20 years ago when 62 percent of babies developed a middle ear infection before turning one.
The study didn't look at why ear infection cases are dropping, but the authors did make some guesses, which Dr. Brian Kaplan, Otolaryngology specialist at GBMC, explained on In Focus.