Natural Remedies for children with Earaches
Most children will develop a middle-ear infection by the age of seven, with most occurring between 6 months to 1 /12 years of age.
Here are some natural remedies that I have tried on my six children with great results:
- Breast milk, yes, it actually works, just put a few drops in the affected ear once an hour until pain subsides
- If accompanied by a sore throat and/or nasal drainage, massage face with a tablespoon of carrier oil to which 2 drops of lavender has been added, being careful to avoid the eyes and mouth area.
- Garlic 100% Pure Essential Oil drops in ear
- A few drops of warm Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil which has antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibacterial properties.
- melaleuca oil (in a Tablespoon of carrier oil like Jojoba) I use the one distributed by doTerra. Rub this in and around the affected ear.
- Cut an onion in half and warm it slightly in the oven, make sure it is not too hot by testing it on your wrist. Using a paper towel or piece of gauze as a barrier, put the cut side of the onion down over the affected ear for as long as the child will allow it.
- 2 ml echinacea liquid 4-6 times per day like this one
- Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, and Zinc all work wonders in treating earaches
- An ear heating pad works wonders too (or fill a sock with rice and heat it in your microwave for a minute, then test on your own ear first before applying to your child)
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, most ear infections will clear up without the use of antibiotics. However, “If your child has pain, redness, or pus in their ear, along with a fever, these are signs of acute ear infection, which may be caused by either bacteria or viruses. In
If your child has pain, redness, or pus in their ear, along with a fever, these are signs of acute ear infection, which may be caused by either bacteria or viruses. In some cases, antibiotics may be useful for treating these infections, but not always. (see
(see link to full article) If your child does not improve ALWAYS seek medical attention!
To help prevent ear infections in my children, I practice the following measures:
- Regular chiropractic treatments keep your child's immune response up and active
- (If you are in the Knoxville, Tennessee area, I recommend Exodus Chiropractic. “The reasons for this vary, but one common theme is that nerves controlling the gut and brain are intricately connected to each other and are quite sensitive to neurological insult caused by vertebral subluxations.” (see more here)
- Avoid dairy products that have been pasteurized and/or homogenized (we actually drink almond milk, however, when my children are in good health, which is most of the time, I do allow them to eat raw cheese)
- If earaches are a common problem, consider trying a gluten free diet
- Avoid sugars and fruit juice which will impair your child's immune response. (yes, even the fruit sugars in fruit juice slows down the immune response, if your child insists on consuming fruit, please give it to them whole, fruit juice is too much concentrated sugar) Try letting your child snack on berries which have plenty of fiber and antioxidants instead of juices!
What home remedies have you used with your children? Share in the comments below!