Preventing Ear infections

Preventing Ear Infections Leads To Long-Term Benefits For Hearing

Ear infections are often a challenge for children and families. They can affect future hearing abilities, and contribute to development of other conditions such as Tinnitus and Meniere’s Disease. There are many causes – and a number of effective solutions for treatment.

Dr Leila Masson is a paediatrician who has had extensive experience with resolving the challenges of Ear Infections in children. Dr Masson has written an informative article for The Mindd Foundation, with a discussion on causes and support for resolving this all too frequent problem.

Healthy Hearing and Balance Care has long been a supporter of the Mindd Foundation. Here we highlight some of the factors that Dr Masson has identified. We recommend that you read her full article too.

Frequent antibiotic prescriptions can be problematic

Ear infections are a common reason for antibiotic prescriptions for children. So a focus on prevention is important. Many times ear infections will resolve just as fast with or without antibiotics.

Environmental factors may cause ear infections

  • Children exposed to second-hand smoke
  • Children who attend large day-care centres are exposed to more infections
  • The risk of ear infections reduces by about half if your child is breastfed
  • Avoid nutritional deficiencies to help prevent infections of the ear. Common causes include inadequate intake of:
    • Zinc
    • Selenium
    • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin D
    • Vitamin A
    • Probiotics

The Right Foods and Herbs can Boost Immunity

Immune-boosting foods and herbs may help to prevent infections: garlic and ginger are healthy, immune boosting additions to your diet; short-term Echinacea (it stops working after about 2 weeks); elderberry may all help to boost your child’s immune system and prevent further infections.

Lifestyle Factors can Enhance Wellbeing and Reduce Ear Infections

  • Sleep deprivation affects the immune system. Make sure children get enough sleep.
  • Exercise and outdoor play help the immune system to work at its best.

Osteopathic Treatment may help

Dr Masson reports that she has seen many babies and children respond well to osteopathic treatment with resolution or reduction of their ear infections. Osteopathic treatment is gentle and non-invasive.

 

Read Dr Masson’s full article on the Mindd Foundation website.