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The Ear Infection Epidemic

 

The mouth, nose, throat, Eustachian tubes and middle ear of a newborn baby are sterile.  Soon after birth, this area becomes populated by a mixture of microbes due to contact with others and the environment.

When a baby develops abnormal flora (lack of healthy bacteria) in this area, two things will happen. First, the epithelium of the Eustachian tubes will start producing too much mucus in order to protect and clean itself.  Second, the tubal tonsils will be in a chronic state of inflammation. This blocks the entrance into the tubes, so the mucus can’t drain out.

As a result, the middle ear fills up with mucus. Since this impairs the child’s hearing, if the condition becomes chronic, speech and learning may be delayed.

The mucus also provides a good growing environment for infection. This causes the typical symptoms of ear ache with pain and fever.

Treating Glue Ear

The routine treatment for ear infection is antibiotics, but this comes with problems. While drugs clear away the infectious agent, they do not remove the glue ear.  Antibiotics actually make the situation worse by altering the bacterial flora in the nose and throat even further  – laying the groundwork for another ear infection.

Once a child takes antibiotics, the intestinal flora is compromised – particularly since the drug comes in a syrup for children. This provides concentrated amounts of sugars and starches to encourage the growth of pathogenic microbes in the throat, many of which are resistant to the antibiotic.

If you have a child with a history of ear infections, it is important to do the following:

  • change the way they eat in order to heal and strengthen immunity. The diet should avoid food or drinks containing sugar or other sweeteners (stevia is okay), milk products, and processed carbohydrates. These foods promote the growth of unhealthy bacteria.

In fact, ear infections are often the result of an allergy or intolerance to dairy products. It is amazing how quickly glue ear resolves when these foods are taken out of the diet.

  • Second, a strong probiotic should be added. The beneficial bacteria help to clear out pathogenic flora and re-establish normal healthy flora in the mouth, nose and throat, which will keep the child clear of ear infections.

Taking Probiotics

The best way to give a child probiotics is to open a capsule and put the powder on their tongue last thing before bed. This allows the probiotic to work on the ear-nose-throat area while the child sleeps. They should have their teeth brushed and not eat or drink anything after taking the powder.

Taking probiotics stimulates the immune responses, reducing swelling and opening the tubes so they can drain. This will resolve glue ear and the constant chain of ear infections.

In order to prevent a reoccurrence, be sure the child gets plenty of probiotics in foods or supplements and avoids all milk-based products.

The Root Cause of Ear Infections

While the primary trigger for glue ear is an allergy or intolerance to milk, that is not the root of the problem. It is the quality of bacterial flora in the ear, nose, throat and gut.

A good source of healthy bacteria for infants and babies is breast milk. Commercial formulas do not offer this important benefit. Formula also contains added sugars and GMOs that feed unhealthy bacteria.

The GAPS diet is the best way I’ve found to heal the body with nutrition and prevent disease. It addresses many of our modern health problems.

Natasha Campbell-McBride has written an excellent book called Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia.  The initial diet (which eliminates dairy) also prevents ear infections!


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