NaturalCare RingStop Ear Drops (0.5 fl oz)

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Vitamin D Versus Childhood Ear Infections

Vitamin D Versus Childhood Ear Infections
Vitamin D Versus Childhood Ear Infections: Main Image
Children with vitamin D levels in the normal range were significantly less likely to develop acute otitis media

Taking extra vitamin D during the winter months might help prevent ear infections in children who are prone to them, reports a study in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Acute otitis media (a bacterial middle ear infection) is a common condition in young children that may cause considerable pain, fever, irritability, difficulty hearing, pus-filled discharge from the ear, and/or headache. Babies may only be able to communicate their discomfort by crying or pulling at the affected ear.

Most cases of otitis media originate from a viral infection, such as the common cold. Children are especially prone to developing middle ear infections, mostly because their eustachian tubes aren’t able to drain as efficiently as adults’.

Doctors may prescribe prophylactic antibiotics for children with frequent ear infections, but this isn’t always effective and can lead to antibiotic resistance.

Beat achy ears with the sunshine vitamin

Studies have shown that vitamin D has profound effects on the immune system, and low levels are tied to an increased risk of respiratory infections.

The study looked at 116 children between one and five years old who had a history of recurrent acute otitis media (more than three infections in the last six months or more than four infections in the last year) to see what effect taking vitamin D during the winter had on their risk of developing future ear infections. The children were given either 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day or placebo for four months.

  • Blood levels of vitamin D were similar (in the “insufficient” range) in both groups at the beginning of the study. By the end, almost 76% of the children in the vitamin D group had normal levels of the vitamin, compared with only 3.4% in the placebo group.
  • Children with vitamin D levels in the normal range were significantly less likely to develop acute otitis media.
  • Significantly fewer children in the vitamin D group experienced uncomplicated ear infections compared with those in the placebo group.
  • The rates of complicated ear infections (such as ear drum perforation) were similar in the two groups.

“The mean baseline vitamin levels in the children enrolled in our study were only slightly lower than 30 ng/mL,” which suggests mild vitamin D–deficiency, but almost all of those who did not receive supplementation had significantly lower levels at the end of the study period,” said lead study author, Dr. Paulo Marchisio. “This clearly confirms that vitamin D synthesis is greatly reduced during the winter and strongly suggests the need for systematic vitamin D supplementation, especially in people who experience limited exposure to sunlight because they live in northern latitudes and/or in geographic areas subject to high levels of air pollution.”

Chew on this

Besides vitamin D, some other promising strategies for preventing childhood ear infections are on the horizon.

One of these is a nonabsorbable sugar called xylitol. The substance is widely used in chewing gum and added to toothpaste as a sweetener that has the added benefit of cavity prevention. Recent studies have shown that xylitol, taken as syrup or chewed as gum, can significantly reduce the number of ear infections in susceptible children, also decreasing the need for antibiotics to treat infections.

(Pediatr Infect Dis J 2013;DOI: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31829be0b0)

Kimberly Beauchamp, ND, received her doctoral degree from Bastyr University, the nation’s premier academic institution for science-based natural medicine. She co-founded South County Naturopaths in Wakefield, RI, where she practiced whole family care with an emphasis on nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, detoxification, and food allergy identification and treatment. Her blog, Eat Happy, helps take the drama out of healthy eating with real food recipes and nutrition news that you can use. Dr. Beauchamp is a regular contributor to Healthnotes Newswire.

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Active Ingredients: Calcarea carbonica 8X, 30X; Carbo vegetabilis 8X, 12X, 30X; Chininum sulphuricum 12X, 30X; Cimicifuga racemosa 3X, 6X, 12X, 30X; Cinchona officinalis 3X, 6X, 30X; Coffea cruda 3X, 12X; Graphites 8X, 12X, 30X; Kali carbonicum 12X, 30X; Lycopodium 6X, 12X, 30X; Natrum salicylicum 6X; Salicylicum acidum 6X.

Other Ingredients: Glycerin, ethyl alcohol, and Purified Water.

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First thing in the morning and before going to bed, squeeze 3 to 4 drops in each ear. Wait 30-60 seconds after applying RingStop Drops in one ear before the other. After each application gently massage the area in from of the ear canal opening. This will insure optimal penetration of RingStop Drops. If you notice some residual seepage when upright, simply wipe it away as needed.


If symptoms continue to persist after a reasonable period of time, or if symptoms get worse, consult your doctor. Keep out of the reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

Safety Sealed: Printed shrink-band on inside bottle for your protection. Do not use if seal is missing or visibly tampered with.


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