Ear Infections

Wyatt's Allergic Reaction featured Diahhrea and Head to Toe Rash

Stop me if you’re familiar with this scenario. Your child is showing symptoms of a cold, is cranky, and he/she is pulling on the ear and might even be having issues sleeping. You suspect an ear infection, but don’t know much about what an ear infection is or what the consequences of it are long-term, but you don’t like to see your child in pain. You have to take action. And you do so by calling the Pediatrician and running your child (through the “sick” side) of the doctor’s office to have them take a look.

Like a flash, the doctor comes in for 5 to 10 minutes to go through the motions and pulls out the pad. Antibiotics should clear it right up. Amoxicillin is usually the prescription.

In June of 2008, the Leamon family did what most of you do.  They took their baby, Wyatt, to the pediatrician for an ear infection.  The Leamons were like most average Americans and certainly, they thought they were doing the right thing when they did so.  They had no idea that there were dangers that lurked behind every prescription, but they soon found out and unfortunately, it cost them dearly in doing so.

Wyatt’s Story

If you’re reading this now, you’re probably familiar with the story of Wyatt “Pie Man” Leamon. The happy, healthy boy was 9-months-old when he had his first ear infection and unfortunately, it would be his last. He passed away a little less than two months after taking the antibiotics given to him by his parents and his doctor. And the saddest tragedy of all, as it turns out, is a prescription antibiotic for an ear infection is almost completely unnecessary and can be dangerous in many ways.

If you’re here to learn more about the medical side of ear infections, please skip to the end and click on the various information available online to read about them.  What this article will focus on is what Wyatt’s family has learned in the aftermath of his death.  Please understand this is not meant to be clinical medical advice as we are not licensed in any way shape or form for any medical specialties.  This information is based on our own researched opinion and experience as parents…

1. Antibiotics for ear infections are often unnecessary

While there tends to be debate on the long-term consequences of giving children antibiotics, there is no debate on these two facts.  1) Ear infections can typically go away on their own and 2) antibiotics do not work on viral infections (which usually isn’t checked since by the time results come back, the infection can be healing itself).  Most parents either demand quick attention or maybe the doctor is just trying to take a shortcut. Unfortunately, that shortcut can lead to so many other issues.  In lieu of that prescription, talk to your doctor or wellness provider about diagnosing first and considering other alternatives before prescribing drugs.

2. Antibiotics have serious, sometimes, deadly side affects

Wyatt Nears the End as his Liver Fails due to the Allergic Reaction to Amoxicillin

Unfortunately, the Leamon family had the worst-case scenario. Wyatt took his antibiotics and within two weeks, his liver was failing due to an adverse, allergic reaction to the drug. Symptoms leading to his hospitalization included severe diarrhea (yellow, thick and mucusy) and agitation. Basically, his family just knew there was something wrong with him. And while liver failure is not a common side-effect (although it’s quite possible its more common than thought, his death was not listed or investigated as an adverse drug reaction), there are many downsides to over-use of antibiotics. Allergic reactions include symptoms of diarrhea, rash, nausea, thrash, irritability and more. And long-term research is showing that the immune system is actually weakened by over-use of antibiotics, even leading to antibiotic resistant strains of disease called “Superbugs”.

3. There are natural alternatives to antibiotics

After Wyatt passed away, the Leamon family was left devastated and hopeless. How could they ever trust the welfare of their children to a doctor ever again?

They began searching for alternatives and discovered a whole new world of ways to treat ear infections and other ailments that didn’t require a trip to the doctor, didn’t require a prescription, and certainly didn’t require risking the dangerous side effects of ingesting medical drugs.

What to do for an ear infection

So the million dollar question, what do I do when I suspect my child has an ear infection? As stated above, we recommend talking to the Pediatrician or your Wellness Provider about making the diagnosis for an ear infection and discussing what alternatives there are for antibiotics including a “wait-and-see” approach.  Most Doctors are willing to work with you on this.

There are some additional natural, non-toxic ways you can fight ear infections for your little ones without ever setting foot in a doctor’s office. While this should not be construed as medical advice, it can be construed as a successful regimen from a parental standpoint. To be clear, the Leamons will only set foot in a Pediatrician’s office as a last resort. Since Wyatt’s death, they have used the following steps for Wyatt’s three brothers on several occasions for fighting colds, flus, ear infections, pink eye and more.

1. Buy a big bottle of colloidial silver at your nearest health food grocer (Sprouts, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, etc.). Colloidial silver acts as a natural antibiotic and is gentle enough to put into ears, eyes, and ingest orally with no pain and no side-effects. Mix it in water, healthy shakes, or ingest directly as well as drop into eyes and ears to clear up infections. It is widely available and very versatile both as an immune booster in general as well as a response to infection.

2. Chiropractic care. Chiropractic is so much more than back pain relief. There are techniques for preventative care and empowering the immune system as well as direct care for targeting fluid drainage in the ear canals which will speed up the process of healing from ear infections.

3. Live healthier! How the Leamons wish they knew this info before the loss of their child! Reduce consumption of sugar, fast and processed foods, reduce juice and sodas, quit smoking and live an active lifestyle. These things help the immune system gain strength and fight off infection. Do not rely on drugs or magic pills to fix after the fact, the danger is just not worth it!

When natural doesn’t work

The Leamon family is still a family that relies on its health insurance to help with the big stuff. Since Wyatt passed away, they made the tough decision to put Wyatt’s brother on antibiotics when he came down with pneumonia later that year. They have not written off the medical community completely. But knowing what they know now, Wyatt never would’ve been to the Pediatrician, never would’ve taken a prescription antibiotic for an ear infection unless all other avenues had failed and his long-term health was in jeopardy. And finally, his parents never would’ve had to watch their 9-month-old baby fall violently ill as his liver failed him, living his last 30 days sick, in pain, scared, drugged, pricked, poked and ultimately, dying from a disease that was not brought on via some sort of natural selection, but an elective (prescribed) system that our society needlessly propagates and ultimately led to his parents giving him the very drugs that took his life.

It is the goal of the Wyatt Leamon Foundation to make sure parents understand that they do have choices in this matter and that much of the time, natural, safe alternatives exist. Only when those alternatives fail, should parents then move on to the medical solutions.

To your natural health,

The Wyatt Leamon Foundation

Resources:

Antibiotics are not Needed for Ear Infections in Children – http://www.naturalnews.com/030732_ear_infections_antibiotics.html

Natural Treatment and Prevention of Ear Infectionshttp://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/ear-infection.htm

Chiropractic and Ottis Media: Case Study Datahttp://www.chiro.org/research/ABSTRACTS/Otitis_Media.shtml

The Rise of Superbugs: Time to End a Decades Long Problemhttp://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/06/the-rise-of-superbugs-time-to-end-a-decades-long-problem/240718/