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Not Another Ear Infection

Submitted by on March 12, 2011 – 1:07 pmNo Comment

Guest post by Dr. Amber Brooks, Whole Child Wellness

Many children are plagued with ear infections and some have them chronically. There are many tools for taking care of this naturally and without the use of antibiotics. Naturopathic ear drops are an effective alternative to traditional medicated ear drops according to research. Many parents can begin giving these drops at the first sign and avoid antibiotics altogether, as the pain, inflammation and infection will subside usually within 3 days. A study published in Pediatrics has shown that treating an ear infection with antibiotics has no benefit when compared to doing nothing. One group received antibiotics and the other received natural medicines for symptom relief. Results: parent satisfaction with treatments was equal in the two groups at 12 days and 30 days after treatment. There was no difference in days missed at school, visits to doctors, no difference in reoccurrence rate by day 30 and no difference in clinical examination of eardrums at day 30. So in non-severe cases of ear infections this study proved the use of antibiotics is unnecessary. If you’re a parent of a child that gets frequent ear infections you may want to consider the use of herbal extracts to help.

The most common herbal extracts used:

  1. Garlic
  2. Mullein
  3. Calendula
  4. Olive oil

Most heath markets carry these drops and they can be very effective when given correctly under the advisement of your doctor. Be well and stay healthy!

Dr. Amber Brooks, CACCP, Whole Child Wellness, 469-547-1173,

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