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Old 10-17-2005, 07:37 AM   #1
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Question Recurring Ear Infections

My daughter is 17 months old & has had at least 9 ear infections. Of course she has been on numerous antibiotics including the Rocephin shot (due to antibiotic resistance) Now her pediatrician wants her to get tubes. Ive honestly been putting it off because Im not so sure that tubes are the answer. We have a consult with an ENT Thursday regarding the Tubes. I also have a chiropractor consult appointment for her on Friday to hear what they have to say.

Ive heard that eliminating dairy (cows milk) from a child's diet can reduce or eliminate ear infections?

Any suggestions?

 
Old 10-18-2005, 06:03 AM   #2
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Re: Recurring Ear Infections

Have you tried peroxide??

 
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Old 10-18-2005, 11:51 AM   #3
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Re: Recurring Ear Infections

Has your child been evaluated for allergies? Sometimes they go hand in hand with ear infections. Don't be afraid to ask the ENT what else can be done, besides the tubes.

 
Old 10-19-2005, 05:03 AM   #4
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Re: Recurring Ear Infections

I agree with Sneezydiva, allergies are the main culprits. Milk was a big offender here...on and off antibiotics for years....put in tubes but didn't help..continued with ear infections...until I took the matter into my own hands. Went total nutritional....health nut time....buy a juicer...cheap one at any store will do...make the base from carrots as they are the cheapest and best juice makers...add what you want...I add greens...lettuce, kale, etc and once they get used to the taste add small piece of garlic(natures antibiotic).
Next prob: how do you get him/her to drink it? little at a time....dropper to small sip ,to small glass, then finally a full glass.
Child can have a multivitamin too.

 
Old 10-19-2005, 08:59 AM   #5
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Re: Recurring Ear Infections

Milk products are the most likely offenders, but it could be something else. It would be a good idea to read up on allergies. With my 4th child I did not drink milk during my pregnancy or while I was nursing and I did not give him milk to drink, and I don't think he ever had an ear infection although the other 3 had quite a few. I did not give him a milk substitute but I have always made sure he had vegetables with a lot of calcium like broccoli and he is nine years old now and normal size and healthy. There are millions of people in other countries that never even think of feeding their children animal milk and their children are fine. All the hype about how children need milk to grow is advertising from the dairy industry, they even suppy the schools with "educational" materials to make sure that everyone keeps thinking they have to drink milk.

Don't get the tubes until you try eliminating milk and any other possible allergens from her diet.

 
Old 10-31-2005, 01:12 PM   #6
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Re: Recurring Ear Infections

Allergies are definately worth looking into. Here is 1 more thought. I use to have recurrent era infections. It turned out to be a mold issue. The solution turned out to be 1 drop of rubbing alcohol in each ear. Nothing else worked as well. It might be worth a try. Especially after baths when the ears get wet and are hard to get completely dry.

Just a thought.
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Old 11-03-2005, 08:12 AM   #7
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Re: Recurring Ear Infections

Hi there,

I am currently 25 years old and used to suffer from chronic (and painful) ear infections. When I was about 4, my mother noticed I was not responsive to verbal cues and she realized my hearing was impaired. It turned out to be poor fluid drainage from my ears and so the ENT had tubes put in to both ears. Even after the tubes had cleared out my ears and I could hear again, I continued for many years to have chronic ear infections. I became allergic to penicillin and had to take stronger alternative antibiotics ( like Bioxin) which were hard on my system.

It was only after I moved out of my home at the age of 17 that these awful earaches stopped. I haven't had one in years! The reason? My parents were both heavy smokers and after moving out of the house, I removed myself from a second-hand smoke environment. That's the only thing I can think of.

Tubes may be necessary to help drain out your child's ears, but be sure to consider all other possibilities in her environment so that once the tubes correct her problem, she won't have to suffer from repeated ear infections.

Best Wishes,
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Old 11-13-2005, 08:58 PM   #8
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Re: Recurring Ear Infections from allergies

Ear Infections: What You Can Do

Ear infections in early childhood, typical cases involves 2-3 month-old infants who has been constantly pulling at his ears. Most people are "allergic" to something and so are their children.

Some infants don't have just one or two ear infections, they have one infection after the other.

Some every three or four weeks. You keep going back to the doctor and it's always the same problem. The doctor gives him an antibiotic (usually a form of Ampicillin) and he gets better in a few days. But in two or three weeks, the symptoms slowly come back and he's got it again. Now the doctor says we may have to take him to an ear specialist and have tubes put in.

For some babies the underlying cause of the ear infections are from their allergies.

When the child is treated for his allergy, the side effect of severe allergic reactions, ear infections no longer occur. As a result, the expensive proposition of surgical installation of ear tubes becomes unnecessary.

CAUSE OF EAR INFECTIONS

Ear infections occur because we swell when we get allergic. Sometimes the swelling is caused by food allergies. The nasal mucous membrane swells, the mucous membrane swells, and the mucous membranes in the sinuses swell. Then, like dominoes, all the mucus membranes in the area begin to swell as well.

The Eustachian tube normally allows the middle ear to drain into the throat. There is drainage because the middle ear has a fairly constant liquid which keeps the middle ear space moist and allows the liquid to drain down into the throat. When the soft tissue around the eyes and nose swells, the Eustachian tube often swells as well. If the Eustachian tube is very small it can swell shut. In small infants, the Eustachian tube can easily swell shut. If it does, two things occur:

1. Pressure builds. Pressure from the constantly produced fluid in the middle ear pushes the eardrum out. The eardrum has many exquisitely sensitive stretch receptors that cause the child to feel pain when the pressure builds up. Sometimes the pain is quite severe and the eardrum may even rupture from the pressure.

2. Flow stops. If the Eustachian tube is blocked or closed due to swelling from an allergic reaction then there is no flow of middle ear fluid from the ear to the throat. If there is no flow then ordinary bacteria that live in every creature's mouth have the opportunity to migrate into the middle ear. The result of this is a middle ear infection.

TREATMENT OF EAR INFECTIONS

1. Appropriate nutrition

2. Vitamins, minerals, and herbs as needed

3. Appropriate medical treatment

4. Optimum physical activity

5. Spirituality or positive attitude

The main thrust of the therapy has to do with using adequate amounts of antihistamine to keep the mucous membrane from swelling, and avoiding the foods and environmental conditions that led to the swelling in the first place.

Avoidance of foods that one is allergic to greatly reduces allergic swelling. The most common foods that kids may have a reacted to are:

1. Milk and milk products

2. Chocolate

3. Tomatoes and tomato products

4.Citrus fruits and citrus juices

5. Sugar

6. White wheat

7. Dark drinks

8. Eggs

Avoidance of foods alone has been demonstrated to greatly reduce ear problems in children.



 
Old 11-18-2005, 05:12 PM   #9
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Re: Recurring Ear Infections

My 4 year old got an ear infection after swimming in the lake. The doctor had told me the best thing to do is to mix half alcohol with half vinegar. The alcohol helps dry up everything while the vinegar works as an antibiotic. I would try that to help for now. Otherwise, I agree with DaVinci. You need to go more natural. Juicing is a really good way to go. You don't have to eat everything and still get the nutrients! Just stay away from dairy products altogether.

Goodluck!

 
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