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[20 Mar 2009 | No Comment | 8,644 views]
Is Child Ear Tube Surgery Really Necessary?

Middle ear infections (acute otits media or sometimes called “glue ear”) are very common with children between age 6 months to 3 years old. They are the 2nd most common childhood illness, and the leading cause of surgery (bilateral myringotomy) for young children in the US.  The root cause of infections are most typically a diet high in dairy or wheat, congestion from allergies or colds and exposure to second hand smoke. About 1 in 10 pre-school children experience middle ear infections at some time.
Ear tube surgery is typically recommended by doctors (but not by most naturopaths) after a period of 3 to 4 months of chronic ear infections or significant hearing loss.  Getting your child’s hearing professionally tested is always a good idea as …