Dealing with Kids’ Ear Pain while Flying

I was on vacation recently and got a call from the father of one of my little patients. He was on vacation as well, and told me that his four-year-old daughter started to have some ear pain on the airplane when they were landing. Her pain ended up getting worse and worse, so they took […]

All About Ears – Blog Series Part 2 – “The Four Causes of Ear Infections”

Ear infections are the bane of modern parenthood. Yet, they are poorly understood and often over-treated.The United States spends $4b a year on ear infections. I do not think this needs to be the case.Once I began practicing integrative medicine and incorporating nutritional recommendations into my daily pediatric practice, I saw recurrent ear infections melting […]

All About Ears – Blog Series Part 1 – No More Tubes

We all come into this world with certain gifts.  My gift revealed itself early on.  I can remember being in the 8th or 9th grade and my mother brought home one of her students whose earring back had imbedded itself into her earlobe.  We lived in a rural area in the Midwest where people didn’t […]

A Natural Approach to Preventing Swimmer’s Ear

Understanding Swimmer’s Ear Swimmer’s ear (the medical term is otitis externa) is very different than the run of the mill ear infection, and these infections are much more common in the summertime. Swimmer’s ear is an infection along the ear canal, while inner ear infections are in the middle part of the ear, just inside […]

Are Antibiotics the Only Treatment for Ear Infections?

I have seen time and again that ear infections do not always require antibiotics. The integrative approach is extremely effective, especially when breaking the cycle of recurrent ear infections. Many ear infections heal on their own Upwards of 65% of ear infections will heal on their own, without the aid of an antibiotic.  It is safe to watch and wait […]