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Home > Parenting Information > Baby Products > Effective and Natural Ways to Treat Ear Infections


Effective and Natural Ways to Treat Ear Infections


Ear infections are commonplace in babies and young children. By the age of one years old, about 50% of kids will have had at least one ear infection and most of these children will experience more than one ear infection at a later time. The fever, pain, and lack of sleep is tough to take for both kids and parents but there are natural and effective options to both manage pain and speed healing.

Years ago physicians freely prescribed antibiotics for ear infections. Unfortunately since the majority of ear infections are viral the antibiotics were not effective and their over prescription has helped contribute to drug resistant bacteria. Take your child in to the doctor for an ear infection and in many cases they will take a wait-and-watch approach. In a situation like this parents can utilize the following remedies to help their child’s ear infection.

· Chiropractic: More and more parents are turning to chiropractors to help with both acute and chronic ear infections. A chiropractor will use a gentle and safe adjustment to align the child’s vertebrae which will help mobilize drainage in the ear. Seek out a chiropractor that works with children at the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association website (www.icpa4kids.org).

· Essential oils: Essential oils have thousands of uses and benefits from cleaning products to immune-boosting functions. Adding a few drops of tea tree essential oil to a humidifier will help to break up congestion. Young Living essential oils has a blend called Purification that is very helpful when applied to the outer ear. Use a cotton ball to rub on the outside of the ear and behind the ear as well.

· Onion poultice: This one may sound odd but the benefits are amazing. Onions have a long history of healing benefits. To make an onion poultice, chop an onion very finely. Place the chopped bits of onion in a small square of fabric. Fold the fabric over and pin or sew the edges. Place the poultice directly on the ear. If your child will wear a knit hat you can place a poultice over each ear and pull the hat over the ears to keep the poultices in place.

 Always check in with your doctor if your child is not improving or if their condition worsens.

Dr. Cristina Ramirez is a chiropractor whose focus is treating pregnant women, babies, and children. She is a chapter leader of the Holistic Moms Network and is a mom of two young boys.  She contributes articles for My Baby Clothes Boutique to provide to the parenting community.

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