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Dec 9, 2013

The Natural Sweetener Xylitol May Prevent Ear Infections in Children

A Look at Natural Earache Remedies

Acute Otitis Media is defined as the first 3 weeks of a process in which the middle ear shows the signs and symptoms of acute inflammation. This is also the most common condition parents seek medical therapy for children under 5 years of age. 

Studies indicate that xylitol chewing gum, lozenges or syrup may reduce the occurrence of acute otitis media by as much as 25%.  Other preventive measures is control of nasal inflammation in children, whether caused by an allergy or by recurrent infection, appears to decrease the recurrence of acute otitis media.

Some of the risk factors for acute otitis media can be removed by not sending your child to day care where many infections are passed on, providing a tobacco-free living space, and stopping bottle use in children older than 1 year.

Most recurrent ear infection are caused by allergies in children. As a naturopathic physician I identify the allergen and the ear infections resolve.