Eliminate this food to decrease ear infections

Ear infection after ear infection was the main concern of a parent of a young boy that was recently in my clinic.

Ear infection after ear infection was the main concern of a parent of a young boy that was recently in my clinic.

By just the age of three years old, this young boy had already experienced seven ear infections. Each of these infections were treated by a course of antibiotics, which caused a multitude of stomach concerns.

This is a common scenario that I see all too often in my office.

Next on the list for this little boy was to have tubes put in his ears to help drain them and prevent future ear infections.

Before the mother proceeded with the ear tubes, I suggested that she remove just one food group from her child’s diet, dairy, as I see the removal of this food prevents future infections in over 80 per cent of the cases that come through my office.

The incidence of an ear infection in children by age three is 83 per cent, with an average of 1.5 infection episodes per year. As you can see, it is not abnormal or uncommon to have an ear infection in young children, but as a naturopathic doctor, I do consider it abnormal to have multiple (three or more) ear infections and consider it possibly a sign of an underlying issue.

It is important to first point out common risk factors for recurrent ear infections, which include:

l Age under five years old

l Attending day care

l Respiratory illness

l Smokers in home

l Predominantly males

l Use of pacifiers

Being aware of the above risk factors and making any possible changes can help.

However, if your child or a child you know is still chronically struggling with ear infections, the next best thing in my opinion is to completely eliminate dairy from the child’s diet for a trial period of eight weeks.

I so often see dairy removal being the main component in preventing future infections. Dairy tends to be a mucous-forming food and for children already struggling with congestion of the respiratory tract, it helps ease if not eliminate the issue.

Other natural treatments can be used in conjunction with dairy removal, such as:

l Vitamin C

l Vitamin A

l Zinc

l Flavenoids

The above amounts would depend on each child’s age, weight and other current medical conditions.

If your child or a child you know needs more support and you want a second opinion before opting for ear tubes, talk to your naturopathic doctor about what the best treatment plan for them.

Dr. Shane Johnson ND was born and raised in Red Deer and is the owner of Aspire Natural Medicine. He completed his naturopathic medical training at Bastyr University, and is among only a handful of naturopathic doctors in Alberta to complete an additional one-year residency in family medicine. For more detailed information on naturopathic medicine visit www.aspiremedicine.ca.

Just Posted

Unemployment rate and EI beneficiaries down in Central Alberta

The unemployment rate for Red Deer region and the number of people… Continue reading

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Women’s marches underway in Canadian cities, a year after Trump inauguration

Women are gathering in dozens of communities across the country today to… Continue reading

Red Deer councillor balks at city getting stuck with more funding responsibilities

Volunteer Central seeks municipal funding after being cut off by government

WATCH news on the go: Replay Red Deer Jan. 21

Watch news highlights from Red Deer and Central Alberta

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

WATCH news on the go: Replay Red Deer Jan. 21

Watch news highlights from Red Deer and Central Alberta

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

In photos: Get ready for Western Canadian Championships

Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championships and Peavey Mart Alberta Cup 5/6 start… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer city council debates cost-savings versus quality of life

Majority of councillors decide certain services are worth preserving

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month