Ear infection

The most common type of ear infection (otitis media) affects the middle ear, the space between the eardrum and the inner ear. Ear infections are common in childhood and can be extremely painful causing a considerable amount of distress. Complications of ear infections are less common than they were in the past but it can be a serious problem; glue ear is the most common cause of hearing loss in childhood.

Ear infections are often associated with colds but can also be linked to hay fever and food allergies. Children with ear problems may also have a food allergy. Common culprits include: cow’s milk, wheat, egg whites, peanuts and soya. Many children respond well to eliminating the offending food but the ear problem may reoccur if the food that caused it is eaten again.  

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A varied diet based on the foods in the table below ensures adequate intake of all essential nutrients and many more beneficial ones such as antioxidants. A healthy vegan diet is one consisting mainly of fruit and vegetables, pulses, wholegrains and nuts and seeds. It provides the body with all it needs and the only vitamin required to be supplemented is vitamin B12. It can be taken either in the form of food supplements or enriched foods, such as plant milks or margarines. B12 supplementation is not only recommended to vegans but to everyone over the age of 50, regardless of the diet, as the body’s ability to absorb this vitamin declines with age.

Over the winter months, vitamin D supplementation is also recommended to everyone in the UK. Not all vitamin D is vegan though - vitamin D2 is and some vitamin D3 can be too but make sure you know the source (most vitamin D3 is animal derived).

To ensure sufficient intake of essential omega-3 fats, natural sources should be made part of a daily diet – milled flaxseed (linseed) or hempseed and their oils for cold food preparation, rapeseed oil for cooking and some nuts and seeds as a healthy addition to meals – eg walnuts and chia seeds.