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Ear Infections

Written by Van D. Merkle, DC   
Saturday, 01 December 2007 00:00
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Van D. Merkle, DC Says:

  1. Become informed about Prevnar vaccine (PCV7), also known as the pneumococcal strep vaccine, or ear-ache vaccine. The literature does not support its use.
  2. Avoid ALL dairy products, sugar, and congestive type foods.
  3. Try Monolaurin, an immune system enhancer.
  4. Echinacea: 3/day. For infants 4 months to 25 lbs use 1 echinacea per day; open the capsule and put in food or water.
  5. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to be of great benefit.

Management of Acute Otitis Media Summary

  1. Nearly two thirds of children with uncomplicated ear infections recover from pain and fever within 24 hours of diagnosis without antibiotic treatment. Over 80% recover within 1 to 7 days.

  2. More than 5 million cases of acute ear infections occur annually, costing about $3 billion.

  3. The report points out that in other countries otitis media is not always treated with drugs at the first sign of infection. Rather, in children over the age of 2 years, the norm is to watch and see how the infection progresses over the course of a few days.

  4. The report notes that in the Netherlands the rate of bacterial resistance is about 1%, compared with the US average of around 25%. 1

What Causes Damage to the Ear and/or Ear Infection?

Ear Wax “During more than 25 years in pediatric medicine, I have never seen a case of permanent hearing loss as a result of ear infection...Parents and doctors can be responsible for injury to the ear canal and the eardrum because of the efforts to remove wax from the ear. It is inadvisable for you or your doctor to use ANY kind of instrument to remove wax forcibly from your child’s ears, even a cotton swab.” – Robert S. Mendelsohn, MD

The best was to remove ear wax is by inserting a few drops of hydrogen peroxide into the ear twice a day for 2 or 3 days. Let the peroxide remain in the ear for several minutes and then rinse the ear with gentle bursts of water from a syringe.