- Dr. DeMers
10 Things Your Pediatrician Might Not Explain To You, Part 8
Your child may not need antibiotics every time for an ear infection.
Countless times in my practice, I have seen young babies and toddlers get repeated courses of antibiotics. This disrupts their gut flora balance, which can then lead to other problems. And it is not uncommon for these children to end up requiring surgery to place tubes in their ears to address the reoccurring build up of fluid and pus behind their eardrums. Antibiotics are effective and sometimes the best option, but there are alternatives. Dietary changes, chiropractic care, and herbal support have all been shown to be effective and I see it in my practice regularly.