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Ear Infections Differ by Race

[fa icon="calendar'] May 6, 2020 12:01:00 PM / by Isadora Guggenheim

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Did you know that black and white babies are treated differently for ear infections? There shouldn't be a difference, but there is. 

Black children are 30% less likely to be diagnosed with an ear infection (otitis media) than non-black children.  If they are diagnosed with an ear infection they get a narrow-spectrum antibiotic as recommended by pediatric guidelines.  

White children are diagnosed more often with ear infections and they receive broad-spectrum antibiotics which does not follow current guidelines.  Most of these children receive inappropriate broad-spectrum antibiotics.  

Ear infections in children aged 14 and younger create an average of 6.4 million visits per year.  2.3 million visits out of the 6.4 million are by black children so the percentage of visits for black children was 7% lower than for non-black children.    

For 1000 children that led to a diagnosis of ear infection - 89 per 1000 were for black children vs 143 for non-black children.  Broad-spectrum antibiotics were less likely to be prescribed (42% less) for black children.

At Second Nature we treat all babies equally.  We do not create any racial disparities.  And we offer the best alternative to antibiotics for ear infections.  It is Naturopathic Medicine at its best.  

Ozone therapy is widely used to treat ear infections.  We are able to push ozone into the ear to fight the infection without any needles.  We have a specialized stethoscope that delivers controlled levels of ozone directly into the ear.  

We offer dietary guidelines to decrease mucus production, herbal drops and homeopathic remedies in oral form so your child can get immediate relief.  

To book an appointment or order supplements Contact Second Nature Naturopathic Care

Topics: Child and Teen Health, Ozone and Prolozone therapies, Healthy Living

Isadora Guggenheim

Written by Isadora Guggenheim

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, FNP, RN, MS, CNS, LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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