About Ear Infections

  • Approximately 90% of all children suffer from some type of ear infection, most often between the ages of 6 months to 4 years
  • External Otitis (Swimmer’s Ear) affects the outer ear. It may be preceded by an upper respiratory tract infection or an allergic reaction to some foods, most commonly dairy products
  • Recurring ear infections are generally an indication that an original infection has been resistant to the prescribed medication
  • In babies, earache is often associated with teething or living in a house where someone smokes.

Possible Causes and Contributing Factors

  • Food allergy/sensitivity (especially dairy)
  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • Diets high in refined carbohydrates/processed foods
  • Wax build-up or swimmer’s ear
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Environmental allergies
  • Smoking
  • Not being breastfed (breastmilk contains antibodies that fight infections)
  • Birth trauma
  • Nutritional deficiencies (Vitamins A, C, Essential Fatty Acids)

Suggested Dietary Changes

Eliminate dairy, wheat, and gluten products which:

  • weaken the immune system
  • increase nasal and throat mucus production leading to bacterial/viral infections

Drink lots of pure water

  • Moisten the mucosal lining, and keep your body hydrated

Follow an anti-inflammatory diet

  • increase fruits and veggies
  • decrease processed foods such as sugary drinks, desserts, packaged foods

Supplement Support

ProBiotic Sufficiency

  • Adults: take 2 capsules daily with food
  • Children: 1 capsule daily in food or smoothie

OmegA-D Sufficiency (Naturally occurring Vitamins A, D, and Essential Fatty Acids)

  • Adults: take 2 tsp daily
  • Children: ½ tsp per 40lbs body weight (Ex: 40 lbs. child takes ½ tsp daily)

Zinc (functions as the traffic director of body processes and enhances immune function)

  • First 7 days: 10 mg in lozenge form 3 times daily
  • Then: 40-50 mg daily in pill form for 3 days

Echinacea

  • Take alcohol free Echinacea by mouth
  • Caution: Echinacea should not be taken longer than 3 months and should not be taken by someone with ragweed allergies

Vitamin C (Fights infection, boosts immunity)

  • Preferably a whole food form Vitamin C complex
  • Adult: 3000-7000 mg daily divided doses
  • Children: 200 mg 4 times daily

Top Natural Remedies

Breast milk

  • Breast milk contains antibodies and nutrients to fight infections.
  • Antibodies, fatty acids, enzymes, and hormones make breast milk ideal for a healthy baby
  • Breast milk can be dropped directly in the ear canal if the ear drum is not punctured: 2 drops recommended in the effected ear

Wally’s Natural Organic Ear Oil

  • Reduces pain, irritation, and soothes the ear

Chiropractic

  • Proper spine alignment helps to maintain a healthy nervous and immune system
  • Spinal adjustment ensures alignment and lymph drainage of the neck and head region, preventing infections to thrive

Salt Remedy
1. Heat 1 cup of sea or Himalayan salt on a pan over low heat for 3 minutes
2. Put the salt in a cloth or old sock and seal the opening
3. Cool to touch, and put it on the affected ear for 5-10 minutes
4. Repeat as needed.

3% food grade hydrogen peroxide

  • Use 2-3 drops in the affected ear
  • Let the solution sit in each ear for 5 minutes. It is normal to hear popping or fizzing
  • Note: Check with physician to make sure ear drum is not perforated