Ear Infections (Otitis Media) & ADD/ADHD

Otitis media in children with learning disabilities and in children with attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity:

"Based on parental report, children with ADD-H had significantly more complaints of earaches during the preceding 3 months and significantly more ear infections during the preceding year...Although middle ear disease in preschool children has repeatedly been linked to later language deficits, this study suggests that middle ear disease in school-age children may also be associated with hyperactivity and/or inattention, independently of learning disability."

 Adesman AR, Altshuler LA, Lipkin PH, Walco GA. Pediatrics 1990 Mar;85 (3 Pt 2):442-6. Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Schneider Children's Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY 11042. An association between recurrent otitis media in infancy and later hyperactivity:

"An association between the frequency of otitis media in early childhood and later hyperactivity is reported in this study. The subjects were 67 children referred to a child development clinic for evaluation of school failure. Ranging from 6 to 13 years old, all the children demonstrated specific school learning problems, and 27 were also considered hyperactive by two or more raters. Sixteen of the hyperactive children were treated with central nervous system stimulant medication. In retrospect, there was a positive correlation between an increasing number of otitis media infections in early childhood and the presence and severity of hyperactive behavior. Ninety-four percent of children medicated for hyperactivity had three or more otitis infections, and 69 percent had greater than 10 infections. In comparison, 50 percent of non-hyperactive school-failure patients had three or more infections and 20 percent had greater than 10 infections. Twenty-two of 28 children (79%) known to have more than 10 infections experienced recurrent otitis before 1 year of age."

Hagerman RJ, Falkenstein AR. Clin Pediatr (Phila) 1987 May; 26(5): 253-7. Allergy & ADD/ADHD Topographic mapping of brain electrical activity in children with food-induced attention deficit hyperkinetic disorder:

"...This investigation is the first one to show an association between brain electrical activity and intake of provoking foods in children with food-induced attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. CONCLUSIONS: These data support the hypothesis that in a subgroup of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder certain foods may not only influence clinical symptoms but may also alter brain electrical activity."

Uhlig T, Merkenschlager A, Brandmaier R, Egger J Eur J Pediatr 1997 Jul;156(7):557-61. Institute for Child Health Research, Clinical Sciences Division, West Perth, Australia. 

Meridian testing with prognos can discover evidence of ear infections and treatment by homoeopathic and herbal medicine can remedy the situation while also strengthening the childs immune system.


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