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Vitamin D supplementation for children with recurrent ear infections

Posted on: April 15, 2013   by  John Cannell, MD


I have noticed that much of the exciting human research on vitamin D originates in Turkey and Iran. I don’t know why, but researchers in those two countries keep published exciting clinical trials.

Take ear infections or acute otitis media (AOM). It is the most common infection that requires medical attention during childhood. AOM is the presence of fluid in the middle ear with acute signs of illness and middle ear inflammation such as bulging, cloudiness or redness of the eardrum. AOM is more common in the winter. It is unknown if it is latitudinal; that is, is it less common around the equator?

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3 Responses to Vitamin D supplementation for children with recurrent ear infections

  1. kenmerrimanmd

    of course better to give it in the first place before the infection to prevent it
    certainly more peds docs that I know seem to be buying into some of this thinking

  2. Rita and Misty

    Dr. Cannell~

    Very interesting. I plan to share your information with a researcher at my institution.

    I am assuming that AOM can be caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae?

    Of course, you know I’m thinking if children were given adequate amounts of D3 all year long, then AOM would be a non-issue…

    But, that is only in my opinion. 🙂

    Be well,

  3. Rita and Misty

    I am saddened to learn that there are indeed researchers in the US interested in studying Vitamin D supplementation for children with recurrent ear infections but NIH just won’t provide funding…. 🙁

    What will it take to turn the tide?

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