Help and Support for Hearing Loss

and other ear conditions such as tinnitus, Meniere’s disease and hyperacusis. Information on causes of hearing loss. Assistive devices for hearing impaired people.

Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Juneau AK

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Juneau, AK. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to ear infection prevention for infants, ear infection treatments, audiologists, and hearing loss treatment, as well as advice and content on eardrops, earwax removal, hearing loss, and conditions of the ear.

Amy Elizabeth Dressel, MD
(907) 463-1210
1600 Glacier Ave
Juneau, AK
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1996

Data Provided By:
Dr. Amy Elizabeth Dressel
(907) 463-1210
1600 Glacier Ave
Juneau, AK
Specialty
Pediatrics

Neyhart Joy M DO
(907) 463-1210
3268 Hospital Drive Suite D
Juneau, AK
 
Dr. Joy M Neyhart
(907) 463-1210
140 Behrends Ave
Juneau, AK
Specialty
Pediatrics

Southeast Physicians Services
(907) 796-8631
3260 Hospital Drive
Juneau, AK
 
Raster John F MD
(907) 790-4047
10301 Glacier Highway # 100
Juneau, AK
 
Gross Monica MD
(907) 586-1542
1600 Glacier Avenue
Juneau, AK
 
Alaska State - Health & Social Services Dept- Beha
(907) 465-3033
350 Main Street
Juneau, AK
 
Monica Sage Gross
(907) 586-1542
1600 Glacier Ave
Juneau, AK
Specialty
Pediatrics

Data Provided By:
Thomas Mc Cabe, MD
(907) 463-1210
3268 Hospital Dr Ste D
Juneau, AK
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1964

Data Provided By:
Data Provided By:

Breast-Feeding Reduces Ear Infections

Answers to Your Questions about Hearing Loss Issues  

  • Home
  • WebLog
November 3, 2007: 8:04 am: Dr. Neil Ear Problems

Breast-Feeding Reduces Ear Infections

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
 

Here’s a shocking statistic.

Next to the common cold, ear infections are the most commonly diagnosed childhood illness in the United States. More than 3 out of 4 children have had at least one ear infection by the time they are 3 years old. (1)

This high incidence of ear infections in totally unnecessary as the solution to reducing the incidence of ear infections in babies has been known for decades, namely breast-feeding your baby for a minimum of 6 months, and preferably 1 year or longer.

You see, breast-feeding is the natural way to help fight infections in your baby. Researchers have discovered that antibodies passed to the baby by a nursing mother help lower the occurrence of many conditions including ear infections, respiratory infections, allergies and asthma. Breast-feeding also contributes to the infant’s immune system by increasing the barriers to infection and decreasing the growth of bacteria and viruses. As a group, formula-fed babies have more infections and more hospitalizations than do breast-fed babies. (2)

Another benefit to breast-feeding is the way you hold a baby to breast-feed it. Breast-feeding keeps the baby at an angle which helps keep the Eustachian tubes clear and hence, fewer ear infections. In contrast, bottle-fed babies tend to lie flat and that allows “gunk” (to use a fancy medical term) to get in the baby’s Eustachian tubes and run up to the middle ear where it causes infections. (1)

Now researchers have found even more evidence of the efficacy of breast-feeding. They have found that breast-feeding protects children otherwise made susceptible to ear infections by abnormalities in specific human genes.

About 19% of children are prone to chronic and recurrent middle ear infections (Otitis media). Although researchers have long known that genetics plays a part in this increased vulnerability, they never knew the exact mechanism involved.

“We know that the tendency to get this infection runs in families, and so we decided to look for small variations—what we call ‘single-nucleotide polymorphisms,’ or SNPs—in three important genes that produce inflammatory signaling molecules for the immune system,” said Janak Patel, a professor in the infectious disease division of UTMB’s Department of Pediatrics. “Two of them stood out on their own as signals of increased risk.”

The two identified genes generate the immune proteins known as tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukin 6 (IL-6). SNPs in each individual gene were enough, the researchers found, to create increased risk for childhood ear infections, and simultaneous SNPs in both genes created even more risk. The researchers believe that the particular var...

Click here to read more from The Center for Hearing Loss Help