Stop Your Child's Ear Infections Naturally

Stop Your Child's Ear Infections Naturally

Instead of giving antibiotics every time your child has an ear infection, homeopathy can strengthen your child's health so that the whole pattern of getting sick stops.

One of the hardest things for a parent is to watch their child in pain and not be able to help. If your child has a pattern of repeated ear infections, you probably feel helpless. The conventional medical approach is to give antibiotics every time an ear infection is diagnosed. When these prove ineffective, a tympanostomy (tubes) is performed. Most doctors will convince you that there is no other option. But is this intervention really necessary?

To understand why the conventional medical approach to ear infections does not make sense, let's examine what ear infections are. Ear pain is caused by pressure that develops when something interferes with the drainage of the ear through the Eustachian tubes. This necessary drainage can be interfered with by an infection or a foreign body. If your child is young, it is very important to eliminate the possibility of a foreign body in the ear.

Little children sometimes put things in their ears. It can be a bean, paper, cotton balls, BB's, pills, candy, cereal, paper clips and safety pins, any of which can either directly cause pain or can lead to an infection. The only way to eliminate this possibility is to have a pediatrician look in the ears.

Earaches can be caused by changes in pressure from airplanes, elevators or altitude changes. These can lead to a blocked Eustachian tube, which can lead to an infection. These can usually be prevented by unblocking the tube before an infection develops. This can be done by swallowing, chewing gum, yawning, or expelling air from the nose while keeping the mouth closed. For infants, nursing during altitude changes can usually prevent the problem. Other causes of temporary earaches can be allergic reactions or simply crying too intensely. If none of these is the cause, it probably is an infection.

One clear reason why some children have more of a tendency to ear infections is allergies to cow's milk. Breastfed babies have a much lower incidence of ear infections for two reasons. One is the greater vitality and immune system strength gained by breast-feeding. Another is that non-breast-fed babies are most often fed on cow's milk-based formulas and allergic reactions to cow's milk are very common. The allergy leads to mucus membrane swelling, leading to the Eustachian tubes not draining properly. Thus, an infection can start. Other allergies that can lead to ear infection problems can be allergies to food, dust, pollen or to chlorinated water in swimming pools. But by far, cow's milk allergy is the largest cause.

Misdiagnosis of ear infections

When a doctor examines a child's ears, he or she looks in the ear with an otoscope, which only allows them to see the external ear. The middle ear is blocked from view by the eardrum. The doctor can't actually see if there is an infection in the middle ear; they only see the ear canal and the eardrum. Normally the eardrum is pearly white in color. When severe otitis media is present, the eardrum will be a violent shade of red. Often it is a color between these two. If the color is beet red, the doctor will diagnose a severe otitis media and give a prescription for 10 days of antibiotics. If it is a lesser shade of red, it will be diagnosed as a mild ear infection and the same antibiotics given. But a pink or mildly red eardrum does not always indicate a middle ear infection. It may happen from a child being upset and crying, a fever, or an allergic reaction. The same eardrum might look normal an hour later.

Traditional medicine limitations

Otitis media (middle ear infection) is responsible for about 8 percent of all visits to the pediatrician and 17 percent of all infections that are diagnosed. One of the reasons that parents run to the doctor with ear infections is the mistaken belief (encouraged by many doctors) that ear infections may lead to permanent loss of hearing or mastoiditis, which is an inflammation of the air cells of the mastoid process (behind the ear). According to Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, M.D., author of How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor, in 25 years of pediatric practice, he has never seen either occur from ear infections left untreated. Hearing loss is no more common when antibipracvotics are not used than when they are.

Dr. Mendelsohn noted that over the years, many of his patients did not use the prescribed drugs. To his surprise, those who didn't had just as good reresults as those that did. He decided ultimately to stop prescribing drugs. A series of studies have shown no improvement in the outcome of ear infections if antibiotics are used. These outcomes are hearing loss, spread of infection or mastoiditis. Their use may slightly reduce the duration of pain and infection, but the trade-off is they weaken the body's immune system. So in order to slightly decrease the length of the infection, you increase the possibility that there will be a new infection every four to six weeks.

A 1981 study done in the Netherlands doesn't show a decrease in length of infection by using antibiotics. The study involved 171 children, half of whom were treated with antibiotics and half with a placebo. There was no significant difference in the clinical course of the disease in either group as far as pain, temperature, ear discharge, eardrum appearance or hearing levels.

After many repeated ear infections, the doctors tend to move on to their next level of treatment, a tympanostomy, which is usually called putting tubes in the ears. During this, in-office surgical procedure, the eardrum is punctured with little plastic tubes which are left in place for weeks or months. In Dr. Mendelsohn's practice, many parents refused to let him insert the tubes and many others fell out shortly after insertion. Those patients did just as well as patients who had tubes inserted in their ears. Dr. Mendelsohn soon gave up on tubes as well.

The tubes are used to prevent hearing loss. But studies have shown that when both ears are infected and a tube is inserted into only one of them, the outcome for both ears is identical. And the ear tubes have some risks. They can cause scarfing and hardening of the eardrum, resulting in the same hearing loss they are trying to prevent.

Giving antibiotics does not affect the course of ear infections at all. They do not help, but they can hurt. There are many negative consequences of antibiotic overuse. These include destruction of beneficial bacteria in the body, which leads to more health problems. Overuse of antibiotics has led to the current situation wherein many antibiotics no longer work because bacteria have developed immunity to them.

The best scientific studies have established that conventional treatment of ear infections don't work and may hurt the child. What does work?

A natural solution

One possibility is classical homeopathy. This 200-year-old system of heathcare is common in Europe and most of the world and is becoming better known in the U.S. Classical homeopathy is a system of healthcare using natural remedies. It differs from conventional healthcare in that it doesn't focus on treating each ear infection separately, but instead looks at the child who has a pattern of ear infections and works to stop the pattern. It does this by not treating the ear infections as a separate problem, but instead treating the child as a whole.

This same child who has ear infections probably also has other physical problems and maybe some emotional issues. This child has a certain type of personality, certain likes and dislikes and many other things that make him or her a unique person. All of this information helps the homeopath choose the right homeopathic remedy which matches the whole pattern of symptoms.

This one, correct homeopathic remedy works to strengthen the health of the child. As your child's health improves, the ear infections and other problems will go away. In many cases there will never be another ear infection, or at most one more, even in children who have had ear infections frequently for years.

Unlike conventional medical care, the initial homeopathic appointment is long enough (usually 1 1/2 - 2 hours) for all of your child's problems to be fully explored. The pattern of how these symptoms fit together is compared to the pattern of each of 2,500 homeopathic remedies. The homeopath will choose the remedy that will bring your child back into balance and allow his or her body to heal itself. The correct remedy will produce a profound improvement in a child's health and well-being. The goal is not just to stop ear infections but to have a profound effect on the child's mental, emotional and physical health so that future health problems can be minimized.

Homeopathy is based upon like cures like. Natural substances are tested on healthy people to see what symptoms they produce. Thousands of substances have been tested. When your child comes in, the homeopath looks at symptoms, and considers what substance produces the most similar symptoms. This is the remedy that will cure the problem.

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By Steve Waldstein

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