Kids who get sick often have weakened immune systems primarily from poor diets and lack of exercise. The average high sugar diet that most kids consume will suppress the immune system and promote dysbiosis, (an imbalance of the “healthy” digestive flora), in the gut. Overuse of antibiotics further causes immune suppression. The high intake of juices, even 100% pure fruit juice, will lead to many of the same problems adults will have with a high carbohydrate diet. Read more about carbohydrate intolerance here.
The most common reason for ear infections in kids is a food allergy. The most common allergens are wheat (gluten) and dairy (casein), followed by soy, corn, egg, and nightshades (potato, tomato, eggplant, pepper, paprika, Goji berry). Breastfed babies tend to have fewer ear infections. Also make sure your child is in a healthy environment, free of [cigarette] smoke and household dust and molds.
Proper exercise and a healthy diet as described in this section are the best guidelines for a healthier child. You may spend more time preparing your own food and traveling further to a health food store, but you’ll save in visits to the doctor’s office and sick days home from school.
From a patient’s mom:
Good morning, Dr. Gangemi,