Ear Infections in Children

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Garlic Oil for Earache

Kenneth (Florida) on 05/23/2022
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EARACHE NOT CAUSED BY PHYSICAL TRAUMA

1) Take a clove of garlic, lay a large knife flat on top of it and push down hard with the palm of your hand on top of the knife. 2) Slide the solid part of the garlic to the side. 3) Put 10 drops of vegetable, olive or coconut oil (the one that smells like coconut) on top of garlic oil left on the counter and mop up all the oils you can with a cotton ball. 4) The cotton ball should have enough combined oils to squeeze out 4 drops in the infected ear, with the head turned sideways. Then gently push the cotton ball in the ear canal.

Notes -

A) Most ear infections start with moisture behind the ear's protective wax.

B) The oil melts the wax and the garlic oil attacks the infection.

C) The cotton ball soaked with oil blocks the oxygen from getting to the infection.

D) The pain should be immediately greatly reduced and the next day the cotton ball can be removed and the infection is usually gone (If not repeat again).

E) make the cotton ball big enough so that not all of it will fit inside the ear canal for easy removal.

F) Early detection is best, so a slight tug on the ear lobe will tell you right away if you or your child needs this treatment.

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Ear Infections Cleared With Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Garlic Cloves

Sharee (Wi) on 02/09/2018
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Ear infections/earaches cleared up with evoo [extra virgin olive oil] and garlic cloves- it doesn't get more simple!

My Momma always used sweet oil with fresh pulverised cloves.

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Laughter the Best Medicine - for an Earache!

Mama To Many (Tn) on 06/24/2017
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My daughter had an earache a week ago. I treated it with Mullein Oil, my go to for earaches. (Thought I do use garlic oil when I have it around. Being that it is summer, I am clean out of garlic oil - I tend to only need it in the winter. And oddly, I am out of garlic to make more right now.)

Anyway, the pain passed but the congestion remained, which has been very irritating to her, of course.

So we did hydrogen peroxide in the ears. I made onion oil and tried that. Nope. Nada. Nothing!

Then her other ear got clogged.

So off to Earth Clinic to find another remedy. I read about holding the mouth shut and the nose closed and breathing out through the nose, gently to clear blocked ears. I was skeptical because I worry this would make it worse. But my husband says he did this all the time when he had ear trouble as a boy....so I told her what to do. She did it and immediately the ear that hadn't been blocked as long was clear! Whoa!

She would repeat this new blowing technique throughout the day. (With my cautions to do it gently! )

One time, just as she was doing this, my youngest said something funny and it made her laugh, while she was blowing through her nose. POOF! Her ear cleared!

I should have just started with jokes, I guess! It never hurts to laugh and it might just help! :)

~Mama to Many~

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Garlic for Ear Infection in Child

George (Pittsburgh ) on 03/05/2017
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Ear infection in child: I warmed up a slice of fresh garlic and put 3 drops in his ear twice, 6 hours apart. At bedtime, I put 1 slice of garlic in his outer ear wrapped in a small piece of paper towel which I moistened with olive oil. I put a piece of cotton ball on top of this and secured his ear with gauze to keep it in his ear overnight. I gave him alternating doses of children's motrin and Tylenol every 6 hours as needed to control the fever.

By morning, the ear pain was gone. Mind you, this was after trying over the counter ear drops for ear infection for one day with no results. Also, we have taken our child to the doctor previoysly during this allergy season for previous ear infections and we know that there are not any other issues going on with our son's ears.

Thank you Earth clinic community! This was really helpful.

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Re: Hydrogen Peroxide for Earache

Pam (Boston, Ma) on 05/07/2014
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My mom used Hydrogen Peroxide on us kids since as far back as I can remember. Anytime we had an earache, we'd lay on our side with a towel around our face (from the ear down) and over our necks and she'd pour in the 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. I'm used to it now as I've been doing it for over 35 years. I have perfect hearing and no ear damage. Now - I've never had tubes put in or anything like that, so such people may require special treatment. But on me and my siblings anyway, we love it. I have one ear that for whatever reason, is prone to infections. Whenever the pain starts to kick in, I do the Hydrogen Peroxide treatment. If you have an infection going on, it will bubble up like crazy - that's how you know it's working. When it stops bubbling, simply tip your head to the side and drain it out - whatever little Hydrogen Peroxide is left will evaporate. I've never had any trouble with it getting "trapped" in my ears - but that's me. Like I said though - I've been doing this for 35+ years. I also advocate an onion poultice for severe pain...used overnight. And avoid getting water in your ears at all costs. Also direct sunshine on the ears is great if possible. HTH! :-)
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Warmed Oil and Black Pepper for Earache

Sister Monae (Colorado) on 01/11/2014
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Heat cooking oil in a skillet not to hot but warm enough.Take a cotton ball dip in the oil put black pepper on the cotton ball put in the ear for earache I used this on my son by the time we made it to the doctor he said I don't know what you're doing but it is working.Thanks grandma. She raised nine girls, two boys and will be 87 .

Also, you can brown flower in a skillet for a chaffed baby bottom.

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Mother Used Warmed Olive Oil for Ear Aches

Kathie (Dacula, Ga) on 09/06/2013
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My Mother put warm olive oil in my ears when I was young to treat ear aches. It worked great. Put cotton in ear after olive oil to keep it in my ear. I also used it for my husband when he had ear aches. He swears by the remedy. It really works well. I am speaking of occasional ear aches. Not sure about on going ear aches or specific ailments of the ear. Not sure if it is the olive oil or the heat that makes it better, but whatever it is, it works.
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Ancient Ayurvedic Recipe for Earaches/ Ear Infections

Radha (Dallas, Tx) on 05/09/2012
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I have tried this ancient Ayurvedic remedy for ear-aches not just on myself but for my 10 year old daughter and it has worked....everytime!

Mix 3-4 drops of T-tree oil in 1/4 cup of sesame oil, mix well and keep aside in a small clean bottle for storage/future use. Add 2-4 drops of this oil mixture in the ear by a dropper... The pain and infection will be gone in a few hours. These two oils in combination form a natural antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic compound.... no need to go to a doctor for antibiotics.

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Mtb (Milwaukee, Wi) on 02/28/2012
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My daughter woke up in the middle of the night with ear pain that made it hard for her to tolerate people talking at normal levels. We did the hydrogen peroxide 3 times in a total of about 5 hours. Each time the ear pain was reduced and the last time her earache was gone. She woke up today with earache still gone. Seems like a winner!

Thank you - Michelle

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Garlic for Earache

Provident Mom (Lake Jackson, Texas) on 02/25/2012
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Wow! This works fantastic! A crushed clove of garlic mixed with some olive oil and stirred together. Then sifted out any garlic pieces. Used it on my kids and myself- huge improvement!!!
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Garlic for Earache

Karen (Cooroy, Qld Australia) on 12/18/2011
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I just tried a clove of garlic (chopped into 4 pieces) warmed in some coconut oil and then a few drops of this placed in my daughters ear with a q-tip. She has had the flu for three days and had an earache since last night. We tried hot rock salt for the pain, which helped only a little bit. The garlic in oil worked within 5 minutes! Her ear is not echoing or hurting anymore. Hurray for this site!! Thanks to all who post their findings on here.
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Hydrogen Peroxide for an Earache

Raleighmom (Raleigh, Nc) on 12/18/2011
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The hydrogen peroxide really works. Our son was up most of the night with very severe ear ache pain. I had used hydrogen peroxide to prevent and treat colds, but had not used it on an ear ache previously. I was a little hesitant to put something in his ear when it was already hurting. However, it made a huge difference quickly. The pain is almost all gone now. I don't know why this works, but it does indeed work well. I would imagine that some of the people who have had problems with this maybe had a punctured eardrum to begin with. We have done this often enough that we know it works fine for us. We have had no problems using the hydrogen peroxide in ears.
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Garlic and Hydrogen Peroxide/ Alcohol for Earache

Holly (O'fallon, Mo) on 06/03/2011
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This works! I have five kids and have dealt with numerous earaches. Chop one tooth of the garlic clove and place on a cotton ball or pad. Wrap cotton around garlic and set in a bowl. Pour peroxide or rubbing alcohol over cotton ball and let sit for a minute or two. Drop 3 or 4 drops into ear and let sit for 2 minutes. Place a dry cotton ball in ear and tilt head or lay down (on the earache side) and let drain. If using peroxide wait until bubbling stops (a few minutes). Peroxide will clean out any wax or build up in the ear. Alcohol seems to evaporate quickly and aids in draining. (But chose one ore the other, not both at the same time! )
My mom always used a washcloth filled with warm salt as pain relief for earaches. Warm 1/4 cup table salt in pan on low heat until salt is warm to the touch. Pour into center of washcloth. Bring sides of washcloth up and wrap a rubber band just above pile of salt. Place on ear until it cools(it usually lasts about 15/20 min). This heat brings great relief and is safer/easier than a heating pad (great for middle of the night! ) Be careful not to get salt too hot, it can burn the thin skin around your ear.
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Dairy Can Cause Ear Infections

Marian (Tulsa, Ok) on 05/01/2011

Thanks Earth Clinic and readers for all your wonderful advice!!!

When one of my sons was about 8 years old, he kept getting ear infections accompanied by fatigue and exhaustion. I eventually consulted a naturopath after the ear nose and throat specialist couldn't help. He noted that when an infection recurs, it often signals an underlying allergy. Sure enough it turned out that he was severely allergic to dairy of any kind. It was quite a shock to discover that dairy products are contained in a mulititude of foods including hot dogs, buns, waffles, you name it. I had to learn to read the ingredient list carefully. As long as he stayed away from dairy, he was perfectly fine, back to his old self. What an incredible relief!!

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Olive Oil

Debbie (Lodi, Ca) on 03/15/2011
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My six year old woke up screaming and crying with an ear ache in the middle of the night. We have used H202 in the past but it did not work this time. So we tried the olive oil on a cotton ball and within a short while she was able to fall asleep and wake this morning feeling fine. Thanks for all the great tips on this site, absolutely love it!
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Garlic Oil/ Hydrogen Peroxide Worked for Child's Earache

Jasmine (Oklahoma City, Ok) on 12/31/2010
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I am soooo thankful for the EC participants! My 4-yr old daughter suffered her first earache recently. I tried alternating mucinex and children Tylenol to help with the drainage and the pain. Even Rescon - which is specific to Eustachian tube drainage. A week later we are still dealing with the varying pain from the earache. I have been to this site before but this is my first time posting b/c your recommendations WORK!

While she was sleeping I used a note from Garlic "YEAs". Mixed a small SCORE of garlic with olive oil then dipped a small portion of toilet paper in the now garlic oil (didn't have cotton balls). I balled it big enough where it basically sat on the outer cusp of her ear - did not push it down inside. Left it there for 1 hour while she slept. In the morning she was CURED! Chipper and yelling her ear was better. Then said there was a lot of wax coming out. The ear infection had drained out - it was a watery yellowish substance. This was not from the garlic mixture as I only dabbed a small piece of tissue and did not even stick that all the way in her ear. I couldn't believe it!!!!

To remove some of the drainage of which some had crusted on the outside of the ear - I started with a warm washcloth to soften the crust and worked my way in. Then to get the inner drainage I diluted Hydrogen Peroxide with room temp bottled water and put a few drops inside. My daughter reported NO pain and said she could hear the bubbling in her ear (smiling all the while as if this were a science project). THE REMEDIES WORK!!!! Thank you ALL for your feedback (even the nays add valuable insight - don't overdo it).

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Re: Garlic Use for Ear Infection

Karen (Sealrock, Oregon) on 11/08/2010
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A capsule of garlic can be punctured & the juice inside of it squirted into the ear (people or animals)then put a large ball cotton in ear to keep juice inside & provide warmth. - there are immediate results. Even with infants immediate results - no more crying & pulling at the ears & no more infection after 1 to 2 times of dosing.
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Cod Liver Oil Dosage for Children With Earaches

Sharon (Wesley Chapel, Fl) on 06/16/2010
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Cod-liver oil dose is determined by the baby's age. 1 mo to 6 months use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon?in a dropper so it will slide down the side of their tongue and not choke them, as they are not used to the thickness of the oil. 6 mo to 1 yr, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon?daily. my 2 yr-olds could usually take the capsules. Sometimes they chewed them. Keep in mind, when you have a chronic condition, it may take up to 3 months to see great improvement as it takes the body awhile to clear up the damage already present. However, my mom had told me about this when my firstborn had had 5 trips to the doc with earache, and after starting the cod liver drops for him and the other 3 children who came after, I never-ever again had another childs earache to keep me up all night, or any- and I mean any issues with ears, nose or throat. As an addendum, you want to remember, that Any sugar containing products will slow the process considerably, as just 1 tsp of sugar will cause your immune system to shut down for 24 hours. Please use real fruit juice or a little honey, those popsicles help keep the docs in business. Hugs to all. Sharon
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Hydrogen Peroxide for an Earache

Sylk (Cincinnati, Ohio) on 04/15/2010
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My 94-yr-old step mother told me: I really know about it curing ear problems. When my son was an infant he had an ear infection while my husband was in New Richmond sand-bagging the city against the flood. I had no car at home and pediatrician could not come to the house but suggested another one from Clifton who was a surgeon also. He came and prescribed using a few drops peroxide in Ned's ear. SUCH screaming!!!!! But it cured him in two days. Also remember that he charged $25.00 while the usual docs calls were $3.00.
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Warmed Oil for Earaches

Ani (Ontario, Canada) on 02/07/2010
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Warmed olive oil helps relieves ear aches. My mom would always heat some olive oil, saturate a bit of cotton and stuff it in the ear. Don't pour the oil directly in, you could burn it. This remedy always worked for me.
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