Common, but NOT Normal.
Some estimates say that nearly 80% of our little ones will suffer from an ear infection before the age of 2, and many of them suffering from multiple infections. That’s a lot of pain, frustration and … antibiotics.
These types of infections are so common now that many of the parents I meet have a feeling that it is “normal” for their kids to join the ranks and get an infection. Well, as we see in so many other health statistics in our nation, just because something is common doesn’t mean it is normal.
Typical Treatment Options Aren’t Working
As a father myself, I understand the horrific idea of a child in pain. So, when an infection does happen, getting relief is important. But, the treatment we’re doing in our modern world is the same we’ve done for decades … treating the effects instead of addressing the cause. That means waving goodbye to the pediatrician with a prescription of antibiotics. Have you been there before?
How well is that working out for us?
- Many times ear infections are viral, of which antibiotics have no use! Did your doctor determine which it is?
- Antibiotics have short term consequences – they increase risks of asthma and allergies by up to 4 fold and encourages recurring infections up to 7 fold.
- Antibiotics have long term consequences – they increase risks of breast cancer and encourage immune system “dependency.”
- Despite best intentions, surgical ear tubes carry many risks both during the procedure and the aftermath.
What Really Causes Ear Infections?
This is where things get interesting. IF we actually ask this question, the story that most parents are hearing is something related to bad luck, bad genetics, or even “bad design” of the Eustachian tubes draining the inner ear to the bad of the throat. The problem is much bigger than that and we’ve been caring for kiddos over the last 7 years with these common grounds;
- Trauma or physical tension around the skull and upper neck in the womb or during the birthing process. This leads to poor alignment and neuromuscular function of the ear tubes.
- Less than ideal nutrition – poor prenatal nutrition and/or formula-fed babies have increased inflammation and mucus production.
- Environmental exposure to toxicity in the womb and/or as a baby decreases immune system strength and alertness.
- Misuse and/or overuse of antibiotics leading to resistance and immune system dysfunction.
What Can I Do?
This one is pretty easy! It all starts with seeing things differently, being properly armed for prevention and staying calm if it does happen. Here is our list;
To Do List - Outside
I figured you’d want a little more, so here are the top 5 supplements you can give your little one to ease the pain of a current infection.
- Garlic Oil– this is like a magic trick; it helps calm the pain and the infection, all with the wonderful (and potent) garlic scent. Place a couple drops of warm garlic oil in the ear and hold for up to 5 minutes. My wife swears by warming some pink salt and wrapping in a cheesecloth to hold over the ear and the garlic oil, our kiddos love the warmth.
- Essential Oils – organic essential oils like lavender help to calm the pain and the mood, while tea tree and basil can help reduce the severity of the infection. Copaiba is another that reduces the pain and inflammation, just make sure to “cut” all of these oils with a carrier before applying to your little ones, or use our rollers that have them all!
- CBD – when applied around the ears, on the jawline and down the neck topically, CBD helps reduce the pain, inflammation and irritation during an ear infection. You can use our EARS CBD + Organic essential oil roller for quick and easy application or use one of our full strength organic tinctures for extra support, these are both safe for all ages.
To Do List – Inside
- Food - clean up nutrition by removing grains, dairy, and sugar. It doesn’t have to be forever, but all of these cause inflammation and thickening of mucus. That means the infection will have a harder time draining down the eustachian tube.
- Probiotics– maintenance dosage for babies is about 10 billion CFUs, kids over 2 should jump up to 25-35 billion CFUs. When crisis hits, the healing dosage just goes up from there. Here is a good one for infants and our top pick for young kiddos.
- Vitamin C– maintenance dosage is 500 – 1,000 mg taken twice daily. Healing dosage is 500mg taken 8 time daily or more. Although the taste isn’t amazing, we’ve seen great result with this product. Every body responds differently, if you’ve done too much vitamin C at one dosage you can expect diarrhea. Start slow and dose up.
- Vitamin D3– maintenance dosage is 2,000 IUs for most kiddo and the healing dosage goes up to 10,000 IUs for short term use. Ideally, things should be based off serum values with a simple finger prick test. Get out in the sun and show the belly or use a liquid supplement for a boost.
- CBD – there are receptors for CBD on white blood cells and in the GI tract that help promote a concentrated effort by the body to fight infection. Whether it’s bacterial or viral, it is very smart to boost CBD intake during a sickness.
- Extra Support– when things get ugly with ear infections or other sickness, we usually bring out the heavy hitters. Biocidin (an intense herbal natural antibiotic) or Colloidal Silver to give a little muscle to the body’s ability to fight and heal.
Rooted Apothecary, Dr. Cade and our medical advisory board are dedicated to providing the best content and products for you and your family. However, it’s important to look at your individual case with your doctor and put a plan in place to address the cause, correct it and make sure it never happens again.