Kids and Ear Infections

Kids and ear infections (Otitis media) go hand in hand, right? If you’re a mom, you probably feel this this is true.

After all:

  • About 90% of children have otitis media at some time before school age.
  • More than 60% of kids have it before 2 years old.
  • 30% to 40% of children have recurrent ear infections lasting for 3 months, with 10% lasting as long as 1 year.
  • Kids’ ear infections are the most reason that children land in the doctor’s office.

So your kiddo has probably had at least one. Likely more. And you’ve probably been told that s/he needs antibiotics at least once.

I know many of you have struggled with whether to give those antibiotics – ‘cause so many of you natural mommas contact me for information on alternatives. And I’m not gonna’ disappoint!

Part 1 of this article will teach you how to 100% prevent Otitis media in your kids; Part 2  (stay tuned) will teach you how to treat ear infections naturally whenever possible – which is most of the time!

In spite of the stats, ear infections do not have to be an inevitable fact of childhood.

And when they do occur, antibiotics are generally unnecessary.

Increasing Ear Infection Rates and Escalating Antibiotic Use

Rates of Otitis media have been on the rise in the past decade, concurrent with increases in childhood allergies and asthma. Likely this is due to a combination of factors including environmental exposures, poor nutrition, and stress, among others. With this, there has been an estimated 45% rise in antibiotic prescribing for ear infections, at least half of which, if not more, is completely unnecessary according to several authoritative medical reviews, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At this point you might be asking – so what’s the big deal if my kid gets a lot of ear infections? And what’s the problem with antibiotics, anyway.

The problem is 3-fold:

  • Recurrent ear infections mean that the immune system is not adequately ramping up to fight infection – so they are telling you that your child needs more nutritional support for optimal immunity. Additionally, they are painful, can lead to scarring of the eardrum, and cause missed days of school and work for your family. In fact, ear infections occur at a national annual price tag of about $4 billion!
  • Even a single course of antibiotics for ear infections in young children increases the risk of immediate side-effects, as well as the longer-term risks of developing irritable bowel disease (this includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), asthma, and possibly even obesity later in life, according to recent data.
  • Antibiotic resistance has become a global health crisis. In overusing antibiotics for the unnecessary treatment of common illnesses, including ear infections, we have unwittingly made ourselves life threateningly susceptible to infections with bugs that the antibiotics will no longer kill. New antibiotics don’t get discovered in the lab everyday so we are becoming increasingly limited in our ability to fight serious infections.

Preventing Ear Infections

Here are 6 sure fire tips for preventing ear infections in your kids – but you’ve got to really do them for them to work!

(Of note, of my 4 now grown kids, only one ever had an ear infection. Once. We did not use antibiotics. We immediately cut soy milk out of her diet – she was my only kid who ever drank something other than water as a beverage – and she never got another.)

1. Nip colds in the bud: Ear infections are generally preceded by cold symptoms – especially runny noses. Congestion in the nose finds its way back into the eustachian canals where it becomes an infection breeding ground. And cold viruses and bacteria also just migrate back there because the back of the throat, sinuses, and eustachian tubes are all interconnected. So if your child starts to develop a cold, especially if he or she is prone to ear infections, head it off at the pass with good nutrition, herbs, and supplements. First off, take all juice, wheat, dairy, and sugar out of the diet and keep it out for at least a few days beyond the end of all cold symptoms. Use herbs to bolster immunity and fight infection. My favorite kid-friendly natural cold remedies are Garlic Lemon Honey Tea (use maple syrup for babies under 1-year old), Elderberry Syrup and Echinacea Blend, age appropriate doses of zinc and vitamin D, and hot steams using Thyme essential oil. (You’ll find the Recipes at the bottom of this blog.)

2. Breastfeed: Breastfed babies are at least half as likely as their formula-fed cohorts to get ear infections. So please breastfeed. Breastfeeding through at least age 1 year old also allows you to avoid the problem of deciding what beverage to give your baby! Whether you breastfeed or give your child a bottle, keep her head at a 45 degree upright angle while feeding rather than nursing or feeding her on her side. This prevents milk from getting from the back of the throat up into the immature eustachian tubes where it can be a site for infection. This is more of a risk with cow milk and formula feeding. As an aside, pacifier use increases ear infection risk – for this and other reasons, I generally recommend avoiding their use.

3. Avoid juice and dairy: Kids who drink a lot of juice and dairy products get more ear infections. They encourage the production of a lot of mucus in the upper respiratory system, while the sugar in them depresses immune function. This can lead to congestion in the chest and ears, a ripe situation for an ear infection, and a decreased ability to fight it off. Kids should not drink juice – ever – as a regular part of the diet. Regular is anything more than a cup as a treat maybe once every few months. Seriously. Milk – and dairy in general – is a problem, too, though harder to get away from with toddlers.

Water is the best beverage for kids. No soda. EVER.

4. Use Nutrition to Bolster Immunity: A healthy, optimally functioning immune system requires nutritional building blocks including protein, good quality fats, and plenty of important vitamins and minerals. I know feeding kids well – and getting them to eat well – are two totally different things! Kids can be picky and kids also get more than just what we give them – at school, friend’s homes, birthday parties, etc. We’ve got to just do our best to provide them with healthy options, and some simple basic supplements to make up for what might be missing.

Provide a good quality protein at each meal – meat or vegetarian – and good quality fats including olive oil, walnut oil, coconut oil, and avocado at least twice daily. Nuts and seeds are also protein-rich and contain high quality fats. Vegetables should be served at least twice daily, and can be part of a snack in the form of raw veggie sticks, for example, and leafy greens including kale, collards, and broccoli are nutritional treasure troves. Fruits can be part of the meal or snack. I tend to recommend fruits in season, avoiding tropical fruits in the cold weather months, and being more liberal in the summer.

Supplements can include a kid’s multivitamin and mineral, added zinc and vitamin D if not adequate in the general supplement, and a good quality fish oil product. I use Nordic Naturals for the latter, and am a fan of Rainbow Light products, though there are many high quality supplements.

Consider a probiotic as well, particularly if your child has received antibiotics in the past. Completely avoid processed and “junk” foods, and even avoid heavily processed natural foods like soy foods that imitate common dairy and meat foods. Also, keep sweets to a minimum, even natural ones.

5. Don’t smoke and minimize wood smoke exposure: Exposure to tobacco smoke, and even the residue of tobacco smoke on a caregiver’s clothes, dramatically increases the risk of your child getting ear infections. 
Ditto on using wood stoves for heat – it’s an affordable and cozy way to warm your house – but wood smoke exposure significantly increases the rates of upper respiratory infection in kids, including ear infections.

6. Address stress: Even little kids can experience stress, and school-aged children are commonly exposed whether from social pressures, bullying, work pressures, or home life stressors. Sleep is an important part of managing stress and keeping the immune system healthy.

Teaching your child to manage stress from a young age is as important as tying shoelaces and more relevant than knowing when Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Stress has a direct impact on the immune system. In fact, the nervous and immune systems are interconnected. Teaching your child a simple technique such as saying “I am” on an long inhale and “at peace” on a long exhale, repeated 5 times before sleep, or during any stressful time, can be a lifelong gift. When there is more stress going on, and recurrent infection, counseling can be helpful.

Following the above tips will not only help to prevent ear infections, but will set the stage for your child’s lifelong immune wellness!

Recipes

Garlic Lemonade: Finely mince 2 cloves of fresh garlic and place them in a 1-quart mason jar. Fill the jar with boiling water and cover for 30 minutes. Strain out the garlic, and to the liquid add the juice of 1 whole lemon. Sweeten to taste with honey. Give warm, and offer as much as the child can drink. For babies under 1, use maple syrup instead of honey. Do not give to babies under 6 months old.

Elderberry-Echinacea Syrup: Combine equal parts of elderberry syrup and echinacea glycerite (available at Whole Foods or online from companies including Herb Pharm, Gaia Herbs, and Planetary Formulas). Give 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp daily for children under 1 year old, and up to 1 tbs daily for kids over 7 yo, with a dose somewhere in between for kids 1-7 years old.

Herbal Steams: Place 7 drops of thyme essential oil onto a washcloth. Toss this under the stream of very hot water in the bathroom shower. Close the bathroom door and let the bathroom fill up with hot steam. Take your little one in there for about 5 minutes – not in the shower, just in the steamy bathroom. Repeat twice daily.

 

References

Hersch A, et al. 2011, Antibiotic Prescribing in Ambulatory Pediatrics in the United States Pediatrics 128:6.

Kummeling, I et al. 2007, Early Life Exposure to Antibiotics and the Subsequent Development of Eczema, Wheeze, and Allergic Sensitization in the First 2 Years of Life: The KOALA Birth Cohort Study. Pediatrics 119: e225.

McCormick, David P, et al. 2005, Nonsevere Acute Otitis Media: A Clinical Trial Comparing Outcomes of Watchful Waiting Versus Immediate Antibiotic Treatment. Pediatrics 115:1455–1465.

Plasschaert Astrid I.O. 2006, Trends in Doctor Consultations,Antibiotic Prescription, and Specialist Referrals for Otitis Media in Children: 1995–2003 Pediatrics 117:1879.

Work Group on Breastfeeding 1997, Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk. Pediatrics 100;1035 DOI: 10.1542/peds.100.6.1035.

51 Comments

  1. I love these tips, thank you Aviva!
    My little one (almost 1 yo) is breastfed and takes a bottle of raw milk at night only, and is prone to ear infections…I’m wanting to substitute the milk for something….but what? How about unsweetened almond milk? Is that ok for a 1yo?
    Thanks!!

  2. My 16month-old recently had an ear infection and the virus Roseola and the only way he was able to tell us was by having a febrile seizure. I have NEVER been more scared! He eats fairly well although I admit he could eat more veggies, he doesn’t drink milk or juice, gets probiotics and is now taking Nordic Naturals omega and Nordic Berries multi-vit. He is not stressed, very healthy, super social, goes to daycare and is super happy 99% of the time.
    I share this because there sometimes are no signs/symptoms and I felt such extreme mommy guilt for weeks after. I had to really work to help my heart know there simply was no way of knowing my son was that ill or a way to prevent him from either of these icky things (maybe a blog post for another day Dr. Aviva ;-)!).
    This post is extremely insightful and helpful to those who want to treat illnesses their babies naturally, but are not sure where to start or how. I appreciate the guidance and look forward to even more!

    • Hi Liz,
      Febrile seizures are super common in babies. The fish oil and multi is a great idea. If he has more, do check in with his doc to for a full workup. They are super scary to see! It’s nothing you’ve done wrong at all!!!!

    • Wow I’m going through same issue with my 25 month old he has had 6 funeral seizures 1 was from roseola virus at 15 months and rest ear infection and every time was given antibiotics which I don’t like especially he is so young! This article really helped brought to my attention his pacifer and milk will try to change to almond milk. This is his 6th seizure and till this day it scares me never gets easier! I really hope this works!

    • Because I don’t make enough milk. Never had with all my 3 babies….tried everything, believe me. So I supplement at night only w a bottle.
      Thanks for the thought though! 🙂

  3. Also, meant to add that craniosacral therapy can be very helpful for little ones prone to ear infections as it helps to adjust the alignment of the cranial bones (which can affect the drainage of the eustachian tubes) — look for someone with experience in pediatric craniosacral therapy.

  4. Hi,

    Thank you! One question: elderberry syrup is often made with honey. Is this ok to give younger than one year olds because it has been heated? Also, I am wondering what your reccomendations are for vit d and iron supplementation in breastfed babies who are under a year old?

    In gratitude!

    • Babies under 1 should not get honey – a gylcerite is a good choice. So many women are deficient in D3 and iron – so often breastfed babies are not born with the normal stores they should have. Making sure mom is really well bolstered in pregnancy is the most important thing – but if she hasn’t been, then up to 6 months, at least do the vitamin D. Babies should have adequate iron for at least the first 6 months. I don’t tend to supplement it unless baby is truly anemic. Best! aviva

  5. we drink water only or herbal tea. eat yogart for calcium and some cheese intake. 1 kiddo will eat broccoli only . the other will eat avocodo only as far as greens. where can i get more calcium into picky eaters. I love your emails, so very helpful
    Thank You. Hugs Michelle

  6. Aviva, do you mind answering my question above? (the first one, about giving unsweetened almond milk to a 1yo.) My ped is useless for any alternative anything, and he will tell me to use formula, which I don’t want to do. Baby eats solids as well and has no allergies.
    Sorry to bug, and thanks! I don’t know who else to ask!

    • Hi Maria, Not sure where my answer – or your question went! But I sent one back to you and both have disappeared. Likely I pressed delete instead of publish – so sorry. Anyway, unsweetened almond milk, if I recall what you were asking me -is ok if it is fortified with calcium and vitamin D – if not you’ll want to make sure your little one is getting what he needs. If he’s getting all of his nutrition from food, then water is absolutely the only beverage i recommend for kids.

  7. My 3 yearold granddaughter has had one bout after the other of sinus and ear infections.Her Dr. always wants to give her an antibiotic and I’m worried that it might be affecting her immune system. I’m going to try all your suggestions. I’ll take all the help we can get. Thank you for all yor help.

  8. Aviva, I just wanted to say a big thank you for all of the informational videos and emails that you send me! I am a clinical herbalist student and enjoy everything that you post. It is so great and really refreshing to see the herbal information coming from a physician standpoint. I keep telling my friends that “you have options!” I am so thrilled to have access to information like this, and the recipes are amazing! Your book is actually a part of my course materials 🙂
    Thanks again! I know it is something that truly comes from your heart, and you are helping give real choices to so many moms out there. Sincerely, Nichole

  9. So children don’t need milk or dairy even as their breastfeeding declines? My little one (13 months), is down to three small feedings a day. I thought that meant I should probably start supplementing with milk – that’s what they’ve done at his daycare as his pumped milk supply dwindles. Should I discontinue altogether and ask them to do the same? He doesn’t need the days and proteins? Will he ever need a glass a day (that’s how I was raised – a glass with every meal – so this is very new info for me!)
    Peace,
    Anna

    • Cow’s milk is not a necessary food for little ones. Once they can take solids, they can take yogurt, almond milk, and get many of their needs met from solids. My kids never had a glass of milk and are tall and healthy 🙂

  10. Thank you for all your great advice! My 18 mos old just had his first ear infection so I am very interested in learning how to prevent them in the future. I have eliminated cow’s milk from his diet and am wondering what your opinion is of oat milk. I would like to start making my own. And I am also wondering if you can recommend a good way to give him zinc next time he appears to have a cold. Is the zinc in his multi sufficient or should I increase it to get rid of his cold? If I should increase it, is there a certain product you could recommend that is appropriate for babies?

    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Kay, I would usually recommend adding a liquid zinc – 5 mg.- to beat a cold. I’m not a big fan of milk substitutes at that age – I’d usually recommend water. But you could do almond milk which is going to be more nutritious and have less natural sugar than oats. Just an opinion though! 🙂 Aviva

  11. I’m also wondering what nuts and seeds you recommend giving to an 18 mos old and in what form (i.e., alone, ground and added to food, chopped, etc)?

    Thanks again!

  12. Do you have a post about TREATING ear infections naturally? I believe my daughter’s right ear is infected. Yesterday and today she told me that her right ear hurts. Once the ear is infected, would natural remedies work, or are antibiotics inevitable at that point.
    Thanks

  13. Hi Aviva,
    My 12 months old is having a runny nose for about 2 months now, a little cough too. When we went to see our pedeatrician, she thought it might be sinus infection, she also have mentioned that there was an earwax buildup and she could not see eardrums. So she prescribed her antibiotics for her sinus infection and antibiotic drops for her ears! My daughter is not showing any signed of ear infection though. She is happy, always ready to play. How can I be sure she has that sinus infection and that I really need antibiotic drops for her ears? I haven;t given any to her so far.
    Thank you,
    Nat

    • Hi Nat,
      So sorry not to have seen this sooner. I try to keep up but get a bazillion questions!
      Kids can have runny noses and coughs (often from the post nasal drip) for a lot of reasons other than sinus infections, and ear wax does not equal ear infection. Since I haven’t seen your little one, I can’t really give a fully informed answer about your daughter, but in general, if there is no overt sign of infection or discomfort, i’d look at allergies first — food and environmental, try to boost her immune system, and avoid the antibiotics unless she seems SICK or all else fails and she’s really seeming like she has signs of a sinus infection (discolored mucus, fever, facial pain, headaches). The CDC Get Smart website has some decent guidelines for assessing for infection. Hope this helps! Aviva

  14. Hi Aviva. Thank you for this article I’m doing everything you said. Quick ques Instead of a juice can I give him fruit shakes that I make with almond milk? Thanks

  15. Thank you for this information. Looks like I do 5/6 of the above suggestions for both my kids, and we still continue to battle infections repeatedly. I’m looking forward to trying your recipes and crossing fingers that is the piece I’m missing! I do wonder, what natural remedies you might suggest for treating the infection or helping the fluid drain once it’s there. Any ideas? Kind thanks.

  16. Hi Aviva, I am so worried, last week my 3 year old son has a temp 103 so I called the Doctors office and his pedia doesn’t have an available time to see him asap, so instead we had the nurse practitioner see him. She said he has pneumonia and prescribed omnicef and wants follow up the next day. Another nurse practitioner saw him and started ventolin for his wheezes then wants follow up the following week. Today, we went to see the nurse practitioner and my son looks ok but she said he has ear infection and wants to start Zithromax for 5 days. I don’t want him to have resistance in the long run and I’m confused if ill give him the z pack. He was on day 7 with his omnicef and the nurse practitioner said to discontinue and start z pack. Pls advice

    • Hi Lori,
      It’s really hard to weigh in at a distance – wish I could. I’d recommend that you check out the CDC website in the GET SMART section and see if your son actually meets the criteria for antibiotics for the ear infection. I think you are right to question the now second course of antibiotics and would ask why he needs it. But if you do need to give it, add in a daily probiotic for a month during and after the antibiotics — and know you’re doing the best you can with the information you have. Sending a momma hug! Aviva

  17. Hi Aviva,
    My 10 month old appears to have his second ear infection (I’m taking him to the doctor to confirm). He is exclusively breast fed and have just started to introduce solids which have been limited to meat, vegetables and fruit (no dairy and limited grains). What can I do to treat his ear infection should that be what’s wrong with him?

    • hi Jessica,
      please see both of my blogs, my free ebook, my book Naturally Healthy Babies and Children, or for the most benefit, please sign up for Healthy All Year when it comes out in late March, 2015 — it will be everything you want to know for preventing and treating ear infections in kiddos!
      you’ll love it!
      warmly,
      aviva

  18. Hi,
    Thanks for your resources! I am all about natural healing methods with my daughter who is 2. Last October, she was put on her first antibiotic for 10 days for a double ear infection. Now, she has had a runny nose since the 1st of the year, cough on and off for two weeks, and was diagnosed with a very mild ear infection in one of her ears when I finally brought her in last week. The Dr. gave me another antibiotic to use for 10 days which I am really against. She has had no fever. I have tried to treat he naturally with garlic oil in her ears, essential oils, healthy diet, orange/carrot/ginger fresh juice, massage, etc. Still has a runny nose. Am I at the point where I have to use the antibiotic? Do I have to do the full 10 days if so? I am so concorner about superbugs and immunity and her building a strong immune system on her own. Any advice would be so appreciated! She is normally so healthy so this is really frustrating. 🙁

  19. Hi Aviva,
    My daughter got her first ear infection at the end of sept. 2014, she was 5 1/2 months old. 2 weeks before that she had a very bad virus. She had congestion and a cough after that that just didn’t go away and when we went to MD we were then DX: ear infection and was given an antibiotic and rec. To follow up with ENT 10 days later. Ear infection cleared up, but she still had cough and just seemed congested. The ENT rec. Reflux medicine and it took awhile to see if that was making a difference. And then after every cold she eventually had ear infections. I would say at least a total of 5-6 ear infections. The ENT has mentioned that my daughter ears are retracted creating neg. Pressure causing congestion. If ears are retracted does that mean natural treatments won’t work and she will eventually ned tubes? I really do not want to do that BC I don’t want her to have anesthesia. She is 13 1/2 months and I just feel terrible BC I feel like she is always sick! My husband and I get sick too! Help please 🙂

    • Hi Lauren,
      No, it doesn’t mean that — seems like you got caught on a sort of classic medical hamster wheel. For example, coughs after viral infections OFTEN linger for up to 8 weeks — that’s completely normal — but she got the ENT special — a reflux diagnosis and recommendation for tubes. Does that mean she doesn’t need them? I can’t say that for sure — but I’d try another approach first. Check out my courses at Healthiest Kids University — they sound right up your family’s alley! http://healthiestkids.com

  20. Hi Aviva,

    I have a 13 month old daughter and she has had febrile convulsions twice in the last 3 months due to ear infections. Your page was an interesting read but I am a bit confused regarding dairy avoidance. We are vegetarians so if milk is excluded from the diet will my kid get enough nutrition? Should probiotic youghurt and cheese sticks also be avoided. She likes them a lot though. Are formula toddler milk also considered as dairy or is it just cows milk. Sorry if my queries sound very basic but your advice would be very helpful.

    • Hi Vidhya,

      This is Megan from Dr. Aviva’s team. First I just want you to know that no questions is to basic. 🙂 If and when milk and or dairy is avoided there are many many ways to get adequate calcium into your kids diet. Dr. Romm’s favorite nondairy sources of calcium include dark green leafy vegetables, such as kale, collards, broccoli, and Chinese cabbage. Tofu, salmon, and sardines are also very calcium-rich. Almonds and sesame seeds also contain calcium and blackstrap molasses is quite a rich source. In general, if avoiding dairy to help and or prevent ear infections, it’s best to avoid all dairy products that include the proteins whey and casein. Here is a blog post that Dr. Aviva wrote on how and why to do an elimination diet https://avivaromm.com/elimination-diet. If you have more questions beyond this, Dr. Aviva’s course The Allergy Epidemic is a really wonderful tool and guide if you are wanting a bit of hand holding as you make some changes. I hope this is helpful!

      Megan- Aviva Romm Nutritionist

  21. My baby had his first ear infection at 2 months. He is now 4 months with another. The dr said it looked a littler redder than he would like and gave precription for an antibiotic. I’ve been using garlic oil in his ears for two days and his fussiness has declined. Should i keep with the natural remedies and hold off on the antibiotic. I hate to give it to him again with him being so young. He is exclusively breastfed and never around smoke. Is it necessary for baby under 6 months to have antibiotics?

  22. Dear Aviva, after watching your videos,I got all the remedies you mentioned. Just in case. And here it is ….. My 8 yo child recently had an ear infection. Started out as “swimmers ear” as we thought, but than it got worse…. I don’t know much, but from the beginning, I was using Garlic & Mullein ear drops drops, Immune Avenger, Tummy TLC tinctures and honey. Three days passed and she was getting worse, crying day in and day out. I couldn’t bare it. I had to take her in and submit to antibiotics. The infection cleared up in two days. The same happened 3 month ago with strep throat. I started with homeopathy and herbs, ended up with antibiotics. I felt very bad about it. Such an epic fail. Anything I can do now to restore her liver and immune system, please? I also prone to sinus infections and usually start out with herbs, but always end up with antibiotics. What do I do wrong? Thank you

    • Hi Iryna,

      This is Megan from Dr. Aviva’s team. First I just want to say that Dr. Aviva and I both are giving you a huge mama hug. No failure in treating your little one. There is so much that you can do, and though we can’t necessarily “treat” via a blog post, er NEW! Integrative TeleWellness Consultations may be a great option for you if you’d like to discuss your health and wellness concerns with an expert in Integrative and Functional Medicine for women and children, and you don’t have this option in your community, or if are unable to come to see her in NYC when my practice opens in late autumn (2015).

      Although she cannot diagnose you, order labs or prescriptions, or treat you without an initial in person appointment, she can provide a thorough discussion of your current health-related questions and concerns, including reviewing your health history and laboratory results, helping you to make sense of how you might bring an Integrative, Functional Wellness approach into your health and wellness goals.
      Based on your conversation and information you might provide ahead of time, Dr. Aviva can offer a set of Integrative/Functional Medicine suggestions that you can discuss with your local doctors to see whether those would fit into your current health plan.

      If you would like more information, or to schedule an appointment, please go here:
      https://avivaromm.com/integrative-telewellness-consultations

      Her course healthy all year is also a great option as the course is loaded with information and you get to interact with Aviva and myself on the forum, as well as in the monthly q&A sessions.

      Please know you are amazing and as mamas we are all in the together.

      Best,
      Megan- Dr. Aviva Romm Nutritionist

  23. My son is on soy milk. He’s 2 years old. I’ve cut it down to two cups a day. The rest of the time I push water and tea. He has real bad allergies and sinus trouble, which lead to ear infections. The only ear that seems to be affected is his right ear. I in no way want him to have tubes put in his ears. Several women I know have had tubes put in their child’s ears, and things get worse, not better. Should I start him on a children’s vitamin? So he gets more of the vitamins he might not be getting from being such a picky eater? I’m up to my neck in his ear problems and I want something natural, not surgery or antibiotics. Please help!
    Thanks,
    Kim

    • Hi Kim,

      There are many things that you can do, but Aviva suggests working with your pediatrician or Naturopath to start identifying any underlying issues that may be going on. Also, Aviva takes a deep dive into working with ear infections in her Healthy All Year course, so that is an option as well.

      Sending you warm wishes,
      Megan- Aviva Romm’s Executive Assistant and Online Nutrition Expert

  24. Hi Aviva,

    My son has had a total of now 3 ear infections and he is 15 months old. Not consecutive but in total. I took him to the pedi and she thinks it might have to do with dairy. He loves milk, cheese, and yogurt and is drinking whole milk. She recommended to give almond milk rather than whole to see if it could be an allergy. I’m a bit worried because for all three infections he has had to take antibiotics. I read above about the natural remedies and look forward to trying it. Now he has congestion again and don’t know what else to do. He is in daycare and I use a humidifier every night.
    Your help is greatly appreciated!

    • Hi Vanessa,

      You might want to check out the blogs Aviva has written on gut healing and also taking a peak at her Allergy solution course where she dives into healing the gut in children specifically.

      Warm wishes,
      Megan- Aviva Romm’s executive assistant and online nutritionist

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