While ear infections can occur at any age, they are most common in early
childhood and infancy. In fact, ear infections are the reason for more than
half the visits to pediatricians in the United States. Statistics show that
acute ear infections affect two-thirds of American children under the age
of two, while chronic infections affect two-thirds of children under age
There are two main categories of ear infection. The first is an outer ear
infection, also known as swimmer's ear or otitis externa. It affects the
ear canal, which runs from the ear opening to the eardrum, and happens when
a substance (usually, water-hence the nickname) enters the ear canal and is
trapped there by a build-up of wax. In this stagnant condition, bacteria
breed and flourish. The body responds to the infection with inflammation,
redness, pain and sometimes a fever.
The second category called a middle-ear infection or otitis media, is much
more common, especially in very young children and infants. Most ear
infections are usually associated with an upper respiratory infection or
allergy. Forty percent of cases involve bacterial infection, with the most
common being Streptococcus pneumonia. Many ear infections involve a viral
infection that is unresponsive to antibiotics. Chronic middle ear
infections refer to chronic swelling of the eardrum as a result of fluid
accumulation. One of the reasons infants are susceptible to ear infections
is due to the fact that the Eustachian tube (which drains fluid from the
middle ear) is more horizontal than it is in adults and does not drain as
efficiently. This tube becomes more vertical and drains better as children
get older. The key is to prevent the build-up of this fluid with a proper
diet. Food allergens, such as cow's milk and sugar, trigger a cascade of
inflammatory responses that often result in mucus and fluid. These foods
are often the root problem. In addition, avoiding environmental allergens
is important-particularly secondhand smoke. Addressing food allergies and
environmental allergens is crucial so that "germs" do not have an
environment to grow in. Of course, a healthy functioning immune system is
also key to preventing infection.
Some infections are a result of a malfunctioning or still-developing
Eustachian tube, the passage that connects the three bones of the middle
ear to the nose and the throat. When the Eustachian tube isn't working
properly, mucus isn't able to drain from behind the eardrum into the upper
respiratory tract; instead, it remains trapped and causes pain and
pressure. This situation often leads to infection, especially if there has
already been a mucus-producing disease of the upper respiratory system,
such as a cold or the flu.
Middle ear infections can be quite painful. There may be a fever, perhaps a
very high one, with some hearing difficulty or nausea and vomiting. If your
child pulls or slaps at his or her ear, an infection is a possibility. Take
all ear infections and ear pain seriously. If you or your child experiences
severe ear pain, followed by a sudden relief and/or discharge of blood or
pus, consult a doctor immediately, even if you or the child feels well.
The over-prescribing of antibiotics fro childhood ear infections has been a
contributing factor to antibiotic-resistance. In addition, they put your
child at risk for Candida overgrowth.
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Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch, M.D. and
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Take 2,500 mg daily of aged odorless garlic. These herbs
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Echinacea and Goldenseal
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Adults take 2 caps per day, and children 1 cap daily.
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Adults should take 1,000 mg three to four times daily and
children 500 mg tree times daily.
Super Prescription # 4 Larix
Dissolve 1 to 2 teaspoons in a formula bottle for
bottle-feeding infants or mix in water for older children
and give it four times daily.
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Vitamin A – Beta Carotene
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Give 2,000 to 5,000 IU daily (up to five days) for children
up to six years of age.
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Omega 3, 6 9
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Adults should take flax seed oil and or omega 3-fish oil
daily, or a formulation that contains a mixture of omega-3,
6, and 9 fatty acids. For children give a children's give
smaller doses and consult their pediatrician as always.
Not all of the following symptoms need to be present for a diagnosis of ear
Pain, often throbbing
Pressure or a feeling of fullness in the ear
Pus from the ear
Hearing difficulty in the affected ear
Nausea and vomiting
The buildup of wax, often the result of cleaning the ears with cotton
Upper respiratory infections
Food allergies/sensitivities (especially overconsumption of dairy
Environmental allergies (molds, dust, animal dander, and hay fever)
Smoking or secondhand smoke, which irritates the Eustachian tube and
cause inflammation behind the eardrum.
Not being breastfed: Breastfeeding allows for the transport of immune
factors from the mother to the child and matures the digestive tract so
that the child is less susceptible to food allergies.
Season: The incidence of earaches is highest in the winter. In northern
climates, ear infections increase in frequency beginning in September.
Fetal alcohol syndrome:
More than 90 percent of children with fetal alcohol syndrome have
problems with ear infections.
Genetic: Nearly 60 percent of all children with Down's syndrome
experience problems with otitis media.
Nutritional deficiencies of vitamins A and C and essential fatty-acid
Injuries: Children who suffered trauma at birth (e.g. forceps delivery,
vacuum extraction) and children with neck and head injuries are more
susceptible (an indication for chiropractic, osteopathic, or
These dietary suggestions will alleviate pain. More importantly, many of
them will also prevent recurring infections. Significant changes in your
child's diet may be necessary for optimal results.
A good diet based on whole grains, high-quality protein, and fresh fruits
and vegetables will build up the immune system and discourage infection.
Drink plenty of water to thin mucous secretions.
Essential fatty acids, found in cold-water fish, flax seeds, and flaxseed
oil, are useful in reducing the inflammation or the allergies that are
Switch bottle-fed babies to a nondairy formula, with you doctor's
Breastfeeding mothers should avoid common allergens (e.g. cow's milk); in
order to not pass the allergenic portion through the breast milk. Food
testing can be done with the mother.
Foods to Avoid
Investigate the possibility of food allergies, especially to dairy, wheat,
sugar, citrus fruits, soy, eggs, or chocolate.
If ear infections recur or are chronic, suspend consumption of dairy
products indefinitely. For infants and young children who are bottle-fed
replace the regular cow's milk formula with hypoallergenic/predigested
Simple sugars suppress the immune system, so stay away from refined
Make sure not to bottle feed while children are lying on their backs.
They should be at a 30-degree angle or more to prevent fluid
accumulation in the Eustachian tube.
Don't smoke or expose yourself or your children to secondhand smoke.
Follow the old adage that says not to put anything into your ear that's
smaller than your elbow. Cotton swabs pack wax into the ear canal.
During the course of an infection, don't allow moisture into your ears.
Put cotton gently in the outside of the ear while taking baths or
showers or while washing your face. Don't go swimming until the
infection is cleared.
To reduce pain, apply heat locally. Try a hot water bottle wrapped in a
towel or blow a hairdryer onto the affected ear.
Chiropractic, osteopathy, and craniosacral treatments can be very
helpful for some children with structural and motion abnormalities of
the upper neck vertebrae. These abnormalities can cause fluid to build
up and not drain properly, providing a breeding ground for infections.
Many parents have reported that these types of treatments helped to
prevent further ear infections with their children. Specific treatments
by a practitioner can correct these imbalances.
Bruce Brightman – founder
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