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
3. Tomatoes and tomato products
4.Citrus fruits and citrus juices
6. White wheat
7. Dark drinks
Avoidance of foods alone has been demonstrated to greatly reduce ear problems in children.