Ear Infection In Children/Babies
I try to stay away from antibiotics as much as possible, and believe that nature provides us with better antibiotics then the ones people make. So going to see the doctor every time my child had an earache was pointless for me. After a lot of researching I found this method to be the most helpful for us, that brought relief fast. This also works as same on adults as on children!
Possible causes for ear infection:
- Stuffy nose. When my son was younger, if I wouldn’t treat his stuffy nose right away he would develop an ear infection/earache.
- From a cold wind blowing into the child’s ears, especially when he/she would go outside after bathing/showering when it’s windy.
- After bathing or showering. If water got into his/her ear canal and just stayed there. Water that remains in the ear after bathing/showering, creates a moist environment that aids bacterial growth also called a swimmers ear.
The beautiful part of all those causes is that all of it is preventable!
How to check if your baby/child has an earache:
- By gently pressing near the front of the tragus (pointy part made of cartilage, besides the ear canal on the exterior part of the ear). First picture*
- Pull on the ear gently. Second picture*
- To gently move the whole ear to the front, towards the ear canal, bending/folding it forward. Third picture*
While checking, pay very close attention to how your child/baby reacts to it. Then use your moms instincts, they are mostly always right!
Signs babies would show with ear infection:
- Babies would usually cry from pain during any of the tests listed above was performed.
- A baby would also pull on the ear, or touch the ear constantly.
He/she might or might not cry depends on the individuals pain tolerance, and the severity of the ear infection. Pay close attention to the signs and how baby is acting. The earlier you notice and treat an earache, the better. The consequences of untreated ear infection may even be a hearing loss. Be careful.
*If after trying the garlic and oil remedy below won’t help, then it’s best to show your child to a doctor.
Overtime I applied this remedy many times on my kids and they all got a very fast relief from it. I never had to go see a doctor with earaches/ear infections with my kids after finding out about this super nice and fast acting remedy!
- Garlic-1 clove (peeled/minsed)
- Organic Virgin Olive Oil-1 tsp
*You may substitute the Organic Virgin Olive Oil to any other vegetable oil, but I prefer the oil above.
Things To Have:
- Spoon/Cup-cup is optional
- Bowl with hot water
- Warm washcloth
- Bowl with hot water
- Cotton balls 2-3
- Hairband or hat (to cover ears with, for sometime, to keep them warm)
- Tea spoon(optional) *I just pour oil approximately without measuring.
Mince one clove of garlic, put it in a stainless steel spoon or a tempered glass cup that doesn’t break easily and cover it with about 1 tsp. of Organic Virgin Olive Oil. Use what is more convenient to you.
Here is an example of a tempered glass cup that does not chip easily. I place it right on the top of the stove to warm up the oil with garlic.
Hold it right above the stove, just slightly not touching the surface, and wait until it’s warm. *Do not put it in a microwave as microwave kills all the good qualities of garlic.
Then with a dropper, extract the oil (oil only, without garlic pieces) and squeeze about half of a dropper into the ear canal. *I did this for two ears one after another just to be safe.
Soak washcloth in warm to hot water, squeeze the excess water out and apply it over the ear. Wet, warm washcloth helps especially well, then dry, because it helps pulling the infection out faster and relieves pain quicker. Do one ear at a time. Hold wet, warm washcloth for about 15 minutes on each ear. During that time your child may watch a cartoon to get him/her distracted, or sleep! (If it is early in the morning perhaps?) ☺️
After 15 minutes of wet, warm wash cloth close the ear canal with a cotton ball. Cotton ball needs to be the size of the ear canal not smaller so it’s not lost inside the ear. On top of that put a big cotton ball to cover the area of an ear that is surrounded by cartilage. After that put a hat on a child or something to keep ears warm as long as possible. It can also be a wide, cloth headband that goes around child’s ears.
Do this 2-3 times a day. Even if you think the earache is gone, still repeat this couple more times, to make sure the infection is gone all the way. I had times where I only had to do this once on a child and the child got well. Other times I had to apply this four to five times on the child before it helped. Depends on the severity of the infection.
The quick option to treat an earache:
There is one quick option to help with earache especially if it’s at the early stage. Dip a small cotton ball into Isopropyl Alcohol, or vodka and put it inside the ear, far enough where you can get it out. It warms up the ear and helps pain to disappear instantly. That might not always help though.
Why to stay away from antibiotics:
First of all the infection may easily come back after antibiotics. To add to that, it also kills all the good bacteria in the intestines. If you did have to give your child an antibiotics, it’s a good idea to give him/her probiotics afterwards to keep the balance.
My 6 month old child woke up one day at 4:00am screaming and pulling on his ear. He was screaming loud from pain. I knew right away that he got an ear infection, because every time I would touch his ear especially if I would bend it forward he would scream even louder. I rushed to make that garlic oil, applied wet, warm washcloth afterwards and he peacefully fell asleep within 5 minutes, still in my arms. From that point on I was always using this remedy to save my kids from antibiotics and expensive doctors visits. Stay healthy!