Of course I’m older now and regularly exposed to alternative points of view; most notably Dr. Fuhrman’s. So to say the least, I wish my parents hadn’t fed me milk—especially since I later found out that I’m very lactose intolerant. Maybe if they skipped the milk I might have avoided some of those ear infections that led to my tubing. Disease-Proof Your Child has more on this:
Ear infection, or otitis media is the most common medical problem for children in the United States, and it is the most common reason for prescribing antibiotics for infants and children. Not only do nine out of ten children develop at least one ear infection each year, but almost one-third of these children develop chronic congestion with fluid in the middle ear that can lead to hearing loss and make the child a candidate for myringotomy, or tube placement by a specialist.So as you can imagine, this next report compelled me. According to Reuters a new study found that children who didn’t receive tubes suffered no additional developmental difficulties than children who underwent the tubing procedure. Gene Emery reports:
Babies who drink from a bottle while lying on their backs may get milk and juice into their eustachian tubes, which increases the occurrence of ear infections. Children who are breast-fed for at least a year have been shown to have much fewer infections than those weaned earlier.1
But a new long-term study challenges that practice, saying it does nothing to help most youngsters with fluid-filled ears develop normally.Now, since I’ve grown up to become the kind of person who doesn’t like going to the doctor, popping pills, or undergoing medical procedures, news reports like this make me curious. Was there a better way? Did I really need tubes? Maybe if my parents paid better attention to my nutrition I could have avoided the whole thing. Just makes me wonder, you know what I mean?
In a study to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday, researchers from several institutions studied hundreds of otherwise-healthy children up to 11 years old in the Pittsburgh area. They tested the benefits of a procedure that once was the second-most common surgery in the United States and found none.
Even when it doesn't cause pain, an ear infection can cause fluid to build in the middle ear, muffling hearing. Because hearing is essential to speech development, doctors and parents worried that persistent middle ear infections could cause developmental problems.
For more on tubing and ear infections, check out these previous posts:
- Nutrition as Medicine
- Ear Infections: To Tube Or Not To Tube
- Childhood Ear Infections: A Multibillion-Dollar Industry