Thursday, October 16, 2008

Rethinking Ear Infections & Treatment Options

Ear infections are often a symptom of an underlying problem that needs to be addressed if you want development to proceed normally. According to Kelly Dorfman, a nutritionist who specializes in children: "One ear infection is a fluke, two ear infections is a little bit disturbing but three ear infections is a pattern. And by the time a child has a third ear infection you want to be looking at strategies to prevent them." A study at Georgetown University Hospital found up to 90% of kids with chronic ear infections (more than 3 ear infections) have food allergies: mostly to dairy, soy, gluten, or eggs. My son had three ear infections between 12 months and 18 months which haven't returned since we removed dairy and soy from his diet.

In her interview that can be found on Development Delay Resources, Kelly Dorfman also says: "The problem with tubes is the problem that you have with drainage situation. If you have a river running through your backyard, you can put in a gutter but you still have water running through and you want to look at why that might be. So you can drain the gunk out of your ears, but the question is why there is gunk and what is causing the immune system to react to that. Just because you drain it out it doesn't mean the immune system is happy. It just means it has a big tube that it can pour the poisons out. It's still generating way too much immune system debris and that is the underlying problem that needs to be addressed." Kelly Dorfman, is a nutritionist who started Developmental Delay Resources. You can listen to this fascinating interview with Kelly Dorfman here.

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3 comments:

$5 Dinner Mom said...

Thanks for sharing! My oldest had all sorts of ear/sinus issues...when we cut out all the allergy foods, all cleared right up! My youngest has never had an ear infection because he never eats the "allergy foods" either (in our case, soy and oats!).

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Jennifer said...

I wish I would have known this when my son was a baby. He had his first ear infection at 3 weeks old and had continual infections until they put tubes in at 6 months. He is now 17 and hasn't had an ear infection since then, but I think he would still benefit from avoidance of allergy foods.

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Tamara said...

Same thing happened with my little boy, it got to the point that he was having an ear infection each month. He was already gluten free, so I took out all milk. That was almost 2 years ago, and he hasn't had another ear infection since.

My youngest, who is 2 now and is also gluten/casein free, has never had an ear infection, or been sick at all really. As hard as casein free can be at times, it's definately worth it.

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