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Zinc and Childhood Ear Infections
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD posted:
Many of my patients take zinc as a supplement in order to strengthen and improve the immune system, as well as reduce the incidence of infection. Will zinc help prevent (or lessen the severity) of middle ear infections in children? Ten different placebo-controlled, randomized studies, published in the Cochrane Database found no convincing evidence that zinc was beneficial in preventing ear infections.
TIP #1: Zinc is a micronutrient only needed in very small quantities. I do not recommend it as a supplement for children as a preventative for ear infections (or colds).
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MrsPeck3 responded:
Very interesting. I totally agree that a zinc supplement is useless for ear infection. I have a 16 month old that has been on a zinc sulfate .05ml daily for past 4 months and has have 8 ear infections in last 4 months. So I obviously see no benefit. She is on the zinc for possible zinc disorder. Her zinc levels are in the low range of normal, whatever that is to mean! That is just one of her my problems!
 
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to MrsPeck3's response:
How in the world did they determine that a 16 month old has a zinc deficiency???? Is she seeing a homeopathic medical provider?
 
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MrsPeck3 replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
Well they found this possible zinc deficiency a few months ago, shortly after a year of age. Reason for the test was she has a constant rash around the mouth and eyes. The pediatrician suggested we get a blood test done to check for deficiency. She said the test was a low range of normal low 70, if I am correctly remembering that tests results. Girl has had so many tests isn't funny. I am thinking the rash i coming from her allergies and eczema. We were just at Johns Hopkins Friday. She's got tons of problems. So the zinc is just minor, but I also assume it is low cause the girl is always sick. She is suffering from pneumonia once again.
 
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eyeofthesparrow replied to MrsPeck3's response:
I had terrible eczema as a child and went to Europe on a trip with my family. I found out that several of my cousins had the same eczema problems and that they had topical cremes to help make their rash go away. My mother tried some on me and all of my rash went away. It was Desonide creme, 0.05%. If I break out in a rash, it helps me get rid of it by the next day if applied twice a day. Hope this tidbit helps the little girl.
 
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to eyeofthesparrow's response:
That is a very potent steroid....not typically used for chronic eczema -- a skin CONDITION that cannot be cured (only controlled). This choice of topical steroid would not typically bue used on little children.


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