Reoccurring Ear Infections in Children

Chances are if your child has reoccurring ear infections they may have a sensitivity or allergy to dairy products. This causes excess mucus which makes the adenoids swell and plug the Eustachian tubes allowing bacteria to grow in the middle ear. There are surgeries that can be performed to remove tonsils and adenoids however by simply eliminating dairy these can possibly be avoided.

Humans are the only species that drink milk beyond the weaning period, and drink the milk of another species. Nature generally supplies infants the enzyme required to break down lactose (the sugar protein) in their mother’s milk however as the child outgrows the biological need to be nursed, their bodies tend to lose the ability to produce lactase (the digestive enzyme required to properly digest lactose).

Symptoms of lactose intolerance or a deficiency in lactase can range from mild abdominal discomfort and bloating to severe diarrhea from consuming even the smallest amount. If you think you or your child might be a simple method to use is to stop consuming all milk products for at least 2 weeks and see if any of the symptoms disappear or diminish. What about the missing nutrients? Calcium is widely found in nature. The cows that provide us with calcium rich milk do not drink milk, they get their calcium from grass. We as humans can do the same. By eating a varied diet that includes generous portions of tofu, salmon, peanuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, dried beans, green vegetables and almonds we will get all the calcium nutrients we need. If your diet isn’t supplying you enough taking a calcium-magnesium supplement would always be better then putting something in your body (milk or lactose) that your body cannot handle.

This information is for educations purposes only for more information please contact your health care practitioner.

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