When my children were little they had recurrent ear infections. Each infection was treated with antibiotics. Following multiple courses of antibiotics and the MMR vaccine, they developed allergies or food intolerances. I began to look for ways to build up their health and avoid antibiotics.
Eventually we took wheat, milk and eggs out of the diet. I also removed refined sugar—all sweets except for fruit. We followed the diet as a whole family and my daughters were compliant. (A little boy who liked my daughter brought her some cauliflower when he brought birthday treats to school.)
I studied vitamin supplements and gave my children daily vitamins. I included garlic in meals and made garlic tea for the treatment of colds. Gradually I have included more and more herbs in our diet. Some herbs have antibacterial properties.
More recently I have begun to look at essential oils for the support of health.