– It seemed to work faster than
any of the antibiotics ever did! Thank you.
R. Miles, San Francisco

Mother_and_Child.JPGAntibiotics are the treatment of choice for otitis media in children in the United States. More and more people shy away from repeatedly exposing their children to this class of drugs largely because of the reported side effects. In my practice I specialize in treating acute and recurrent ear infections in children with herbal medicines. Ear infections in children are most often viral in nature. Antibiotics eradicate only bacteria and therefore can not cure a viral ear infection. Antibiotics will decrease inflammation and therefore fever and pain but leave an underlying infectious agent that will cause the infection to reoccur. Considering the enormous side effects which antibiotics pose on a child’s immune- and digestive system alternative options should be considered.

More scientific studies show evidence that antibiotics are not very effective in resolving ear infections in children. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM 347:1169-1174) questioned the overall effectiveness of antibiotics in the treatment of otitis media (middle ear infection) in children.

According to Jake Fratkin, O.M.D., an expert holistic pediatrician “the frequent administration of antibiotics to children is the single most important event diminishing a child’s immune system and health.”


Here’s an excerpt from Jane Sheppard’s article “A Wellness Approach for Children” on the Healthy Child website:

In raising healthy children, it’s not enough to just focus on the physical aspect of health. To be truly healthy, a child’s emotional health must be nurtured and strengthened. Developing a mental attitude of wellness is also essential. When we adopt an attitude of wellness, we take on a belief that being well is a natural, normal state. Our goal is to have outstanding, vibrant health, not just to be free of disease. With a wellness attitude, we know that we have control over our own body and how healthy it will be.

Read her full article here.

Consequences of Excessive Antibiotic Use