Natural remedies for ear infection in children
Earache has many possible causes, such as excess earwax, a perforated eardrum and other conditions in the head and neck. The most common cause of earache in children is an infection in the middle ear. (Otitis Media) The infection can be bacterial, viral or fungal. GPs very often prescribe antibiotics to help stop ear infections. I get so many calls from worried parents who do not want to give their children antibiotics and look for alternative, natural remedies.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Natural Remedies for Ear Infection in
Earache has many possible causes, such as excess earwax, a perforated
eardrum and other conditions in the head and neck. The most common cause
of earache in children is an infection in the middle ear. (Otitis Media) The
infection can be bacterial, viral or fungal. GPs very often prescribe antibiotics
to help stop ear infections. I get so many calls from worried parents who do
not want to give their children antibiotics and look for alternative, natural
The good news is that in most cases antibiotics are really not necessary as the
infection can be treated with natural remedies. There are a number of natural
treatments that can help alleviate the pain of earache and treat the cause of
Here are some of the many remedies that can be helpful:
Lemon: For an effective remedy for earache, squeeze a little lemon juice to a
similar amount of mustard oil. Heat these two fluids together until you have
an oily residue. Put a couple of drops into the ear and it will help ease the
Garlic: a great remedy for ear infections as it has antibiotic and immune
supporting effects. Garlic oil dripped directly into the ear can treat fungal
infections. It is also good to take garlic internally. Just add more garlic to your
cooking when you suspect that your child is suffering from an ear infection.
Mullein: I am a huge fan of mullein flowers and often recommend them in
cases of upper respiratory infections, coughs and ear infections. Drop 2-3
drops of warm mullein flower oil into each ear every 4 hours as needed.
Always treat both ears because ear infections can move from ear to ear.
Peppermint: Mints are antiseptic and they relieve earaches. I would suggest
using peppermint tea. It can be sweetened with a little raw honey if
necessary, as children often don’t like the taste of menthol.
Echinacea (for children over 12 years of age): A teaspoon of dried herb in tea
or a few drops of Echinacea tincture in juice or tea should be given three
times a day to benefit from its antibiotic and immune-boosting effects.
Colloidal Silver: Drop one to three drops in the ears twice a day.
Onion: Cut an onion in half, place it face down on a baking tray and bake it in
the oven until you start to smell the onion. You want it to be hot enough but
make sure it’s not going to burn the ears. Ask your child to lie down and place
the onion on their ears like earmuffs. Secure them on the ears by wrapping a
scarf around the head. Leave them on for 10-15 minutes. The fumes from the
onion should help to unblock the ear canals. Repeat if necessary.
Probiotics: Supplementing with probiotics reduces the occurrence of ear
infections. It is very beneficial as it supports the gastrointestinal tract that is a
large component of the immune system.
* When putting liquid in the ears, always make sure that it is warmed up to body
Ear infections mainly affect children, as the tubes that remove mucus from
the ears are very small. If a child is sensitive to gluten then the inflammation
caused by the reaction to gluten or dairy can cause fluid to remain in the ear.
In cases of recurrent ear infections, I recommend the elimination of gluten
and dairy form the child’s diet.
Breastfeeding: Breastfed infants develop fewer ear infections than bottle fed
babies. Research shows that the longer the baby is breastfed, the lower the
risk. If you are bottle-feeding your infant, make sure you feed them in an
upright position. Feeding in a laying down position may increase the risk of
Cranial Osteopathy: The structure of the head and body has a profound affect
on their functioning. Unresolved birth compressions around the base of the
skull and the ears can compromise drainage of the Eustachian Tube and leave
the ears more vulnerable to recurrent infections. I would highly recommend
visiting a cranial osteopath if your child suffers from recurrent ear infections.
Warning: If a doctor has told you that the eardrum has been perforated do NOT use
herbal oils in the ears! And do not take essential oils internally, even in small
quantities they can be poisonous.
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