Home remedies for ear infections abound. However, if a true ear infection has established itself, a parent cannot do much to get the infection to stop. Unless the child has extenuating problems that lead to frequent ear infections, such as cleft palate, asthma or allergies, the ear infection will heal on its own. The vast majority of ear infections resolve without the aid of antibiotics. On the other hand, if the child cries excessively and runs a fever he may have an infection that can be treated by a round of antibiotics. Only a doctor can make that determination.
Always consult a physician when you are concerned about your child's ear infection.
Ear Drops for Relief
A stopped ear caused by swimmer's ear or by fungal infections in the ear can be helped with drops. If the ear has fluid and the child gets dizzy or loses his balance when he turns his head or moves too fast, he may find relief by alcohol drops to dry out the ear canal.
Mineral oil drops can be used to stop an itchy ear. Never scratch the ear or clean inside the ear with a Q-Tip. This can make tiny scratches that will swell and lead to infections. Doctors recommend that a parent never use anything more than a wet wash cloth to clean a child's ear.
Tea tree oil and grapefruit extract are types of ear drops used by some as a natural solution for ear problems.
Drops can be used to soften wax that builds up in the ear blocking sound or prevent the bones of the middle ear and the eardrum from vibrating when they should. The ear wax, once softened by oil drops, can be cleaned out with warm water in a small bulb syringe.
This treatment may take several applications for three or four days. Some doctors recommend against removing wax under any circumstance.
Ear candles are an old home remedy not recommended by most doctors but still used in some regions. A long tube is placed into the outer ear and is heated. The heat wicks up and allegedly draws ear wax and other impurities out of the ear canal. The candling procedure can be dangerous, and there is little medical evidence that the procedure actually works. Avoid this option, even if you grew up using it yourself.
An earache can be treated with pain medicines suitable for the weight and age of the child. Never use aspirin for children if there is a fever. Children's Motrin or Tylenol are recommended by pediatricians.
The relief of the pain will give the ear trouble a chance to correct the problem and go back to normal. Waiting out an ear infection is by far the best solution.
Having a doctor check the child's ear for infection and following the doctor's advice as to whether an antibiotic is needed is the best path for treatment.
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