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Diary intolerance is the number one cause of fluid build up in ears.
"In one study an astonishing 86% of the children tested became free of ear problems once they came off dairy food."
Additionally, I was just reading that chiropractic adjustments could help with ear infections. I didn't know.
Breast milk in the ear or garlic oil is supposed to help too.
Also, add vitamin C and whole food probiotics, such as yogurt for the immune system.
"In an October study in the medical journal The Lancet, researchers found that antibiotics for ear infections are only beneficial to children under the age of 2 with both ears infected. Study leader Dr. Maroeska Rovers, of the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands, said that researchers found that in most other cases, watchful waiting is OK."
"Evidence has been building over the years showing most ear infections resolve on their own and antibiotics do little or nothing to speed the process. And, overuse of antibiotics leads to antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. The most important factor in treatment for ear infections is pain relief."
A landmark study published in Pediatrics has shown that treating ear infections with antibiotics has no benefit when compared to doing nothing. (McCormick 2005).
My recommendation is classical homeopathy. A friend's daughter had six rounds of antibiotics for ear infections and was scheduled for tube insertion. She saw the homeopath and gave her daughter the proscribed remedy. On return to the physician prior to the surgery, her ears were no longer infected. And she has had no ear infections since.
Our classical homeopathist first learned about homeopathy for her son with ear infections. Then she became schooled about homeopathy. I am a complete believer. Although, I still do not understand how it works. We are all on constitutional remedies and are rarely ever sick.
Another suggestion is Grapefruit Seed Extract. (Not grape seed.) GSE is also a natural anti-inflammatory. It is give orally, diluted in water. It tastes horrible though.
Here are some more ideas:
Garlic is a natural antibiotic.
Collodial silver is a natural antibiotic.
Vit C-large doses (natural fever reducer, iirc)
Cod liver oil- essential fatty acids help the immune system (We use Nordic Naturals -strawberry and our son loves it!)
Chamommilla is good for restlessness, discomfort, insomnia, unbearable pain; fever; child is impatient and angry.
Zinc lozenges help the immune system
Echinecea- We use Sambucol for Kids
Probiotics- for immune support, digestive system is 70% of immune system. Many of the serious side effects of cp are associated with a damaged gut, secondary to antibiotic use. Avoid antibiotics with cp and other viral illnesses.
And Dairy is the #1 culprit of fluid and mucus production leading to an environment conducive to ear infections.
Here is some info about homeopathic remedies (and treating ear infections).
* Aconite: Pain that comes on suddenly after a shock or chill.
* Belladonna: Severe throbbing pain; child is oversensitive and cranky.
* Chamomilla: Unbearable pain; fever; child is impatient and angry.
* Lycopodium: Pain on right side only; stopped-up nose; cold extremities.
* Magnesia phosphorica (or "homeopathic aspirin"): Pain reduced by the application of heat or pressure.
* Mercurius solubilis: Pain accompanied by swollen glands and sweating.
Her vitamins are from a natural food store - and are made w/ natural coloring (beet juice, carrots - etc.)
I am reading more about elimination diet - I am thinking the same ...we need to go dairy free; I was to read more before I implement.
Her BM's are normal consistancy & not overly smelly; she has KP (but so does DH & I); She does get dark circles when she's sick - but not usually. No problems wetting the bed. She's always had sleep issues - wakes often. She was colicky as a baby.
She's constantly drinking and pees often. (BUt not insatiable thirst - just smalls drinks often) She has issues w/ the feel of clothing - sensitive to irritation.
SO - I think before starting an elim diet; many things I am reading suggests doing a food diary for 7-10 days. Should I wait until the current cold is gone...or just do it a bit longer?
|We just bought a ton of food w/ dairy in it. Not that I want to expose her - but I really can't afford to go out and buy a bunch of new food - and waste the stuff I have. Perhaps it would give me a baseline prior to starting the ED.|
|I also want to pay attention to the additives in her diet and amount of refined sugar and flour to see if that is playing a part.
I'd like to get her on a probiotic. What are your favs? And how expensive are they? I just started her on an Omega complex. I know I feel much better when I take my prenatal, enzyme, probiotic & omega complex.
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Take her out of the poison ivy patch she's playing in immediately, or wait a while longer?
Wow - That seems a bit harsh! I am not actively giving her milk,cheese, yogurt, etc - I haven't started eliminating "hidden dairy" sources. And I haven't had a chance to discuss my thoughts w/ her teacher, my parents, etc - other people who feed her and care for her at times. - Really - I just started talking to DD about it. She needs to understand what we are doing before I totally change her lifestyle. She is an intelligent little girl. She will be on board much better if she understands completely and has a moment to prepare. Otherwise - I will see her not being "Compliant" with it (sneaking food, not telling me what she's eaten, etc.)
Not to mention I don't even "know" it's dairy. That's just a guess. It could be eggs or wheat or additives? I'm trying to make the best guess I can - by educating myself, observation of when she eats what foods - does she have any symptoms.
I appreciate all the thoughts, advice and yes, even criticism. This is a totally new arena for me. None of my family has food allergies (that we know of). So I am learning... A LOT.
Your daughter has taste/texture issues with foods, is sensitive to the feel of some clothing, seems to be sick a lot, and your doc is worried about an underlying asthma problem.
I think you should read this book:
It draws together health problems that are common among many of us, detoxification issues and gut health and inflammation, and explains how they will manifest in different ways in different people, asthma being one of them (and even if this isn't asthma, it really isn't normal or healthy, which is why you're problem-solving).
It is extraordinarily relevant to my life, because I have detoxification problems and my kids' health is directly affected, it is the reason we're on this board. My son gets sick quite a lot, I've had to work really hard on nutrition (foods to take out, foods to add in, and lots of supplements) to bolster his immune system. Vitamin D and zinc are huge, A is big too.
On a practical level--dairy is a problem for almost everyone on this board, and it's highly correlated to EIs. Chiropractic and/or cranial-sacral can help if there are additional structural issues that are contributing, some people need to deal with things both ways before they'll see a change. Starting with dairy is easier.
Many synthetic vitamins esp. vitamin A palmitate, are also highly reactive.