|Treating ear infections in children
Question : MY three-year-old son has been
suffering from ear infections since
he was 10 months old. Apart from
medication, what else can I do to
Answer : EAR infection is usually caused by
bacteria or virus and is most common
in young children and infants.
One who suffers from ear infection
very often experiences ear ache,
itching and discomfort in the ear. There
may also be fluids in the ear.
Encourage your son to eat more
foods rich in vitamin A, C and E as
well as zinc which can be found in
fruits and vegetables.
Reduce intake of sugar-rich foods
and refined carbohydrates as these
can cause an infection.
A combination of prebiotic
and probiotics (friendly bacteria),
Lactobacillus acidophilus LA-5 and
Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12 help
modulate immunity and may reduce
risk of infection in young children.
Prebiotic is a non-digestible food
ingredient that stimulates the growth of
A good example of prebiotic
is inulin, which you can get in
combination with probiotics at
For ear infection caused by bacteria
or virus, one can take allicin, the major
biologically active component of garlic
as it has anti-microbial activities.
You must also adhere to the
• Dry ears thoroughly after
• Avoid swimming in polluted water.
• Avoid drinking while lying down.
• Do not give your child a bottle
when lying down.
• Avoid over-using antibiotics.
Since your child often experiences
recurrent ear infection. it is advisable
to follow up with a specialist.