Healing Childhood Ear Infections : Prevention, Home Care, and Alternative Treatment

by Michael A. Schmidt, MD, Doris Rapp, MD


Ear infections are the #1 reason parents bring their children to a doctor. This new revision of an essential family health reference analyzes in simple language the numerous recent scientific studies showing that the standard medical treatments for childhood ear infections are ineffective and perhaps even dangerous, and offers recommendations on alternative care. Line drawings. Tables.

Ear infections are still the leading reason parents take their child to a doctor. To combat infections, parents and doctors employ arsenals of antihistimines and antibiotics, and too quickly resort to ear tubes and surgery. In this updated and revised second edition of his bestselling Childhood Ear Infections, Dr. Michael Schmidt describes the current controversy in medical journals questioning existing treatments for chronic earaches. The causes of otitis media, Dr. Schmidt argues, are a series of events which flourish when poor nutrition occurs: the immune system is lowered, excess mucus is produced, and vitamin and mineral absorption is inadequate. Careful attention to diet and nutrition to prevent food allergies, and the use of acupressure, homeopathic medicine, and herbal medicine are effective in healing earaches and preventing their recurrence. Healing Childhood Ear Infections offers the most compelling critique to date of existing treatments and the effectiveness of alternative therapies.