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07 Jun 2004

KRONIESE OORONTSTEKING
Ek is desperaat opsoek na raad vir ‘n twee-jarige wat kronies oorontsteking kry. In ‘n kwessie van drie maande was sy op drie kursusse antibiotika, talle medisynes en het “grommits” gekry, maar nog nie die einde van die probleem nie. Uit desperaatheid het ek haar ook na ‘n homeopaat geneem om te toets vir allergieë. Hy het met ‘n liggie in haar oë gekyk en gesê haar allergie-weerstand is baie laag – hy het 3 soorte pille en druppels voorgeskryf. Na ‘n maand is daar nog geen verbetering nie – inteendeel – haar neus en ore “loop” baie erger. Volgens die homeopaat moes die medisyne “skoonmaak”, maar dis al ‘n maand en die oortjies skei groen, effens bloederige slym uit en dit verbeter nie. Sy kla baie van oorpyn.
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naturopath

01 Jan 0001

Your daughter has a chronic ear irritation and infection from mucous build up in the inner ear tube. Try not to let her lay down on her back when she is drinking a bottle, fluids can enter the inner ear tubes and cause irritation, rather let her sit at an angle.
Keep her ears out of the wind and water, and if you need a symptom remedy you can use some natural ear drops called Simlasan Ear drops available at most pharmacies.
The Reuteri and Bio-strath would be excellent, they are both extremely safe and will only improve the resistance and strength of your child. Her digestive system is still building its strength and resistance and would do well with both these remedies.
These recurrent ear infections normally start soon after changing from breast feeding to bottle and food feeding - the breast milk contains the beneficial bacteria similar to Reuteri which provides the baby with resistance and the breast milk protein is easy for the baby to digest; whereas with bottle feeding the beneficial bacteria are absent and therefore the baby's levels reduce over time providing more opportunity for outside virus/bacteria to cause infections, and with the digestive system still sensitive the bottle feed proteins and solid foods are difficult to digest completely resulting in increased mucous production - this builds up in the nose, bronchi and ear tubes.
Also the feeding of bottles delivers a lot of fluid at a time, this fluid can irritate the ear tubes when the baby drinks lying down.
My formula is simple - strengthen the baby's resistance with a good beneficial probiotic such as Reuteri, strengthen the digestive system with a good tonic such as Bio-Strath, and ensure that fluids and milk do not irritate and inflame the inner ear tubes whilst bottle feeding.
Ask your pharmacist for Reuteri (lactobacillis reuteri) and the BioStrath Elixir.
(Dr Chase Webber ND)
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