This quote from the Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar starts us on our way to discussing healing ear infections for children. Ear infections can have a variety of causes such as water from swimming or bathing, excessive wax build-up, and other infections migrating to the ear canal. As a parent, you want to take action fast to help relieve the pain in your little ones. If your child has a high fever for more than 48 hours, sudden hearing loss, or neck/facial stiffness, then you should consult a physician. In other cases, here are some home treatments that have been seen to have efficacy.
Warm Ears are Happy Ears
Keeping ears warm is a good first step. Warming the ear can bring soothing relief to the head. It can also loosen wax and other natural blockages. Heat some water in a saucepan or microwave. Soak a washcloth in the water, or fill a hot water bottle. Test the temperature carefully and be aware that temperatures can be harsher on young, tender skin. If using a washcloth, place the washcloth in a plastic bag (e.g. Ziploc) bag. Place the bag or hot water bottle on a bed or sofa. Lay down with the affected ear pressed against the warmth source. Repeat several times a day.
Rest Your Way to Ear Health
The body’s natural systems can do a lot to improve your health. Often, we just need to give them a chance. Rest and take your child’s mind off of their symptoms with a new coloring book or their favorite movie. Any quiet playtime activity will be okay. Consider enhancing the rest time by increasing head warmth by having some hot soup or some herbal tea, such as chamomile.
Out with the Bad, in with the Good
Probiotics help with healing and health. Increase the good bacteria in your body through probiotics. Find yogurt or milk which have not had the active cultures removed. Look for labeling of probiotics on products. Have two servings of probiotics daily at breakfast and dinner. Complement the probiotics with fresh fruits rich in vitamin C such as kiwi fruit, papaya, pomelo, oranges, or tomatoes. Have at least two servings daily.
Garlic to Goodness
Garlic is well known for its antiseptic and healing properties. Add some garlic to your diet to bring these qualities into your body. Eat two or three cloves of garlic daily. Alternately, add some crushed garlic to a warm compress, but avoid getting the garlic inside the ear.
Hydrogen Peroxide Helps
Found at almost every pharmacy in a three-percent solution, hydrogen peroxide is often used for cleaning and sterilizing wounds. Warm a small quantity of hydrogen peroxide by placing the container under your arm, or resting the bottle in a cup of warm water. Lay down with the affected ear upward. Use an eyedropper or small syringe and slowly place the peroxide in the ear.
Lay still with the ear up for about five minutes. The ear may foam from the bubbling action of the hydrogen peroxide. After five minutes, use a clean towel or washcloth to dab the entrance of the ear canal to draw the peroxide out. Next, lay down on your opposite side to allow as much liquid to run out. Repeat as needed over several days.
Apple Cider Vinegar Keeps the Doctor away
We’ve all heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Now, use vinegar from apples to help with your ear. Mix a half and half mixture of apple cider vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Soak a cotton ball in this mixture and place it gently like a plug on the ear. Leave this there for five minutes. After, lay on your opposite side to have any excess treatment come out. Dry your ear as thoroughly as possible.
Olive Oil Slides out Dirt
Gently warm some olive oil. Be very careful not to make it too hot. Put several drops of the slightly warm olive oil in the ear. Leave in for several minutes. After that, use a cotton swab very gently to remove oil and any dirt from the ears. Take extra care not to have the cotton swab enter too far or damage can occur.
Eureka about Urine
Some have reported the benefits of using your urine. Mix some urine with a carrier oil such as olive or basil oil. Place two to three drops in the ear. Plug the ear with a cotton ball and rest. This is best done before bed so that it can be left in overnight. Use a bandage to hold the cotton ball in. Repeat several days.
Rice Compress for Restored Health
Boil one cup raw, uncooked rice briefly in the microwave or a double boiler. Wrap the rice in a clean washcloth and tie up the ends. Be careful that it isn’t too hot. Use the wrapped rice as a compress. Keep it pressed against the infected ear. Repeat several times daily.
- Ear infections may happen to your child for many causes.
- Keep infected ears warm with a hot water bottle compress.
- Rest with quiet play and warm tea.
- Eat probiotics to restore balance and health.
- Add garlic to your diet; two or three cloves daily.
- Hydrogen peroxide loosens dirt and sterilizes.
- Apple cider vinegar is great for infections.
- Warm olive oil lifts dirt and helps clean out the ears.
- Your urine with some basil oil before bed bring healing.
- A hot compress with uncooked rice to keep the ears warm.
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