Ear Infections

 
 

Ear infections, commonly called earaches, tend to occur more frequent in children than in adults. By age three, five out of six children will have already experienced one. The specific type of bacteria that causes pain is called acute otitis media, which can be caused by a cold or flu, injury to the ear, exposure to cigarette smoke, and family history. The symptoms can include:

  • Pain / headache
  • Fever
  • Tugging/pulling at the ears
  • Fussiness and crying
  • Fluid drainage from the ear
  • Trouble hearing

It is always advisable to seek medical attention to verify what is going on if you suspect an infection. The following scenarios call for immediate attention:

  • Symptoms lasting more than a day
  • Symptoms present in a child 6 months old or younger
  • Severe ear pain
  • Infant/toddler is sleepless or irritable after a cold or respiratory infection
  • Discharge of fluid, pus or bloody discharge from the ear

As disruptive as ear infections are, they will run their course. To help alleviate the pain you can place a wet, warm washcloth to the ear and hold it there for about 5-10 minutes. For the infection you can address it with garlic cloves which are antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial. 

Earache Oil Recipe

  • 1 Garlic clove chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • Small container with lid
  • Small pan or pot
  • Cotton ball

Directions

  1. To the pan, add the chopped garlic clove and the olive oil and warm on medium-low heat for 20 minutes
  2. Strain the garlic out of the oil and store in a small container
  3. Cover and keep in the fridge until needed
  4. When needed, bring a small amount to room temperature
  5. Apply a few drops to both ears and massage the oil in
  6. You can use part of a cotton ball to keep the oil in longer but know that most will drain into the cotton
  7. Reapply as often as is needed

This oil will keep in the fridge for a several days. If you need it more frequently, make a new batch each time to ensure freshness. During this time be sure to drink a lot of water to keep the body hydrated and to aid in flushing the body of germs. For a tasty and soothing drink, try chamomile tea. It’s sweet and gentle and also has antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and sedating properties. 

Until next time, discover the power of natural remedies!

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