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).View Thread
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That's about all that I can think of (right now)...View Thread