The pain of an ear infection can be agonizing, especially for children. Natural remedies work quickly to relieve the pain and infection in children. Effective home treatments for ear pain in children include garlic, olive oil and a warm rice sock.
If mullein oil is not available, use plain olive oil, also known as "sweet oil," or try the recipe for mullein or garlic ear oil below.
Pour half a capful of hydrogen peroxide into the pained ear. The peroxide will likely foam and bubble significantly. After 10 minutes, drain the peroxide from the ear. Repeat on the other ear. Use this remedy 4 times a day.
Use a dropperful of colloidal silver in each ear several times a day until the pain and infection pass.
Homemade garlic oil is so effective and often the ingredients are on hand. This is especially helpful if the ear pain strikes when the stores are closed or it is inconvenient to go out to get a remedy. Put a few drops of the oil into each ear a few times a day. Usually pain is resolved in a day or two, but it is not a bad idea to continue using the remedy once a day for a few days even after the child feels better.
For a child with ear pain, any remedy that is put in the ears will be more comfortable if it is warmed first. Store remedies in one ounce glass dropper bottles. To warm them get a mug with very hot tap water, and put the glass bottle into the mug for five minutes or so. Always test the temperature of remedies on the inside of the wrist to ensure that the heat won't be too much for sensitive ears. If it is uncomfortably hot on the wrist, it will be uncomfortably hot in the ear. Too cold will be just as miserable in a sore ear as too hot.
Ear pain in children can be caused by congestion, middle ear infection (otitis media), a build up of ear wax, teething pain, swimmer's ear (acute otitis externa) or from having a foreign object inside the ear.
Middle ear infections are quite common in children due to the smaller size of the eustachian tubes and immature immune systems, making them more likely to get colds. Ear infections are often secondary to a cold or flu virus. In addition to treating the cold or flu virus, there are a number of natural remedies that can be used to help a child who has pain in his ear.
There was a time when antibiotics were prescribed for nearly all ear infections. This protocol, however, was causing increased resistance to antibiotics. It was also found that ear infections were often viral and would resolve on their own without antibiotics.
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