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Ear Infections

By Janet Marshall

Advanced Diploma Naturopathy. Diploma Nutrition.

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Ear infections are common in children. They can affect the outer ear (otitis externa) or middle ear (otitis media). Otitis externa -This affects the part of the ear that goes from the eardrum to the outside. These infections thrive in a warm, moist environment. They usually occur after having water in the ear, e.g. after swimming. Otitis media – Middle ear infections are more common in smaller children because the tube that connects their ear to their throat is smaller. This means infections (such as colds) don’t have far to travel to reach the ear. Some children are prone to recurrent middle ear infections. Recurrent Otitis Media can lead to glue ear, where thick fluid remains in the middle ear. This can lead to hearing loss and learning problems.

Remedies

Aromatherapy

Use aromatherapy for creating a calming environment. A sache of Chamomile leaves, Lemon balm or Lavender can be placed in a stuffed toy or in the child’s pillow light.

Melotonin

Ensure the room is as dark as possible as this encourages the production of melotonin, the brain's sleep hormone. If the child is frightened of the dar, use a night light.

Magnesium

Magnesium 250mg for children aged 2-12 30 minutes before bed has a relaxing effect.

Diet

In the evening include: bananas, turkey, dates, figs, milk, wholegrain crackers or yogurt as these food increase tryptophan which promotes sleep.

Reviewed by Janet Marshall 25 February 2015 references
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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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