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Aboriginal - ear health - pina pati, pina palya?

ear; infection; blocked; hearing; infected; ears; Aboriginal; deaf; talking; talk;

Many babies get ear infections

Sometimes the infections come back again and again. The infection can make a child's ears:

  • blocked
  • runny
  • have a hole in the eardrum.

Children need healthy ears

The first few years of life are very important for a child's learning. They learn a huge number of words and sentences before they go to school.

If their ears are infected and blocked:

  • They will not be hearing well.
  • They will not be listening well.
  • They will not be learning well.

Most kids ears get better as they grow up

But they may have lost many days of learning time because they could not hear well when they were little. They could not hear their families, teachers or other kids talking and teaching them.

Families can help their little children and babies to listen and learn, even if their hearing is bad.

  • They talk close-up, face to face.
  • They use sign language.
  • They play listening games.
  • They talk to and encourage babies a lot.
  • Lots of family talk to them, play with them.

Help your baby to have good ears

If a baby is crying and pulling their ear, or if he seems sick he might have ear infection.

  • Take them to the clinic. Have their ears checked.
  • If your baby has an ear infection give the ear drops or medicine every day until it is finished. Go back to the clinic for another check.
  • Give your baby healthy foods and water every day.
  • Keep her face clean.
  • Blowing their nose and sucking helps to stop the ear from blocking up.

ear health diagram

The information in this topic is reproduced (Copyright) with permission, Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation

The 'Pipirri Palya - kids are good' project was funded under the 'Child Abuse Prevention and Parenting Support Program, Family Relationships Branch' of the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services, Canberra.

This project was designed by Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation located in Alice Springs and working across the Central Australian Remote Area Communities. Background images from Waltja's Walungurru's Mural Project.

Special Thanks
Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi's Management Committee, Executive, Staff and Publications Unit, the remote area Communities of Central Australia and the project worker, Teresa Butler-Bowdon.

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