When you have little ones ear pain can be a common occurrence. Ear aches usually occur when fluid gets trapped behind the eardrum and because children have narrow canals this can happen frequently. They often occur when a child is congested or dealing with seasonal or environmental threats.
CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT FOR EAR INFECTIONS
Typically, when a child has an ear infection they will be prescribe antibiotics but did you know not all ear infections need antibiotics to get better. Turns out that an ear infection can go away by itself, even when it is caused by a bacteria. In fact, more than half of kids will start to feel better in a day whether they are given antibiotics or not and 75% of children will feel better within a week without any treatment at all!
THE PROBLEM WITH ANTIBIOTICS
Natural healing can take more work than conventional healing but it is so worth it in the long run. I only use antibiotics when it is fully necessary because antibiotics come with side effects. Antibiotics are great for killing the bacteria causing the infection but unfortunately, they even kill the good ones that help keep the body healthy. Overuse of antibiotics can cause a person to develop digestive issues due to a lack of good bacteria that help digest food properly. If you or your child have had antibiotics in the past it would be a good idea to incorporate probiotics into your diet. Probiotics will start to replenish the beneficial bacteria back into the gut that your body needs. You can take a probiotic supplement, find my favorites HERE, and you can eat fermented foods like, sauerkraut, yogurt, and kefir.
Antibiotics can alter the balance of bacteria that are normally present making it a breeding ground for yeast. Yeast is a microscopic fungus consisting of single oval cells that reproduce by budding, and are capable of converting sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Yeast keeps your digestive system healthy and in balance. It allows the body to absorb vitamins and minerals and supports a healthy immune response. However, to much yeast isn’t good and can wreak havoc in your body. If you are experiencing these symptoms you may have a yeast overgrowth:
- Vaginal Yeast Infections
- Reoccurring UTIs
- Skin Infections
- Fungal Toenails and Feet
With the amount antibiotics subscribed today people are also at risk for antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic reistance is when the ability of bacteria and other microorganisms to resist the effects of an antibiotic to which they were once sensitive. This can be dangerous because if you come to a time when antibiotics are necessary they may not work.
Overuse of antibiotics can cause a leaky gut. Leaky gut is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, which allows food and toxic waste to “leak” through the intestines and enter the bloodstream. A leaky gut can lead to food intolerances, skin rashes, digestive issues, and many other health concerns. Healing a leaky gut can be intensive but it can be done! Check out the GAPS diet protocol!
HOME REMEDIES FOR EAR INFECTIONS
As soon as my child is complaining of ear pain or my baby is pulling on his ear I start using natural remedies right away. No one wants to see their child in pain so even if it can go away on its own it’s nice to shorten the duration and minimize the pain.
- Add 1 drop each of basil, melaleuca, and lavender to a cotton ball and place it in the child’s ear. You can secure it with a band-aid and leave it there for 15-30 minutes. Repeat this several times a day until the pain subsides.
- Add 3 drops melaleuca and 3 drops lavender to a roller bottle and fill the rest with fractioned coconut oil. Apply on the outside of the ear canal.
- Apply the immune boosting roller bottle down the spine and on the bottom of the child’s feet.
- Use liquid garlic internally as a natural antibiotic. I give the recommend dose, on the package, three times a day.
- Mince 4 cloves of garlic and add it to 1/4 cup warm olive oil. You can put one drop in the ear and rub it around the outside of the ear canal.
- Cut a onion in half, warm it in the oven, place it inside a washcloth, and place it over the ear. This is a very effective natural pain reliever.
As a rule, I like to use these remedies several times throughout the day while my child isn’t feeling well and continue to use the remedies for 1-2 days after my child is completely better.
Obviously, I am not a doctor but only speaking off personal testimony. I have personally helped used these remedies for ear infections in the past and they worked! Be sure to do your own research or consult a doctor before trying these remedies.
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