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natural ways to treat ear infections???

poor dd has had a few ear infections in the past month. the docs keep giving her antibiotics. i am concerned about her being on them so much. i am using the hyland's headache drops for pain. what else have you tried to help/treat ear infections? do natural treatments really work? thanks ladies!

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Asked by kyriesmommy13 at 1:11 AM on Jul. 6, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • You should take her to an ENT. If it's a constant problem, she might need tubes in her ears. I had them and my youngest sister had them and they helped so much.

    Also, i dont know how old your DD is, but she still drinks from a bottle (if she bottle feeds) make sure she's not lying flat when she drinks. Make sure she's propped up.

    Answer by MommyLee08 at 1:21 AM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • she just turned one and she is breastfed.

    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 1:30 AM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • there are ear drops, not sure of the brand, but its similar to sweet oil, warm heating bads help too, if there triggered by allergies try benadryl... make ent your last option, ear tubes can have a lot of bad side effects and it is the most over done unnecessary procedure done on children

    Answer by edenmoseley at 3:17 AM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • Oregano essential oil seems to help. You can find some on or There's more places where you can buy it, but those are the ones I've used and the quality of their oils is high too. You just have to mix it with some other carrier oil, like coconut oil for example, then dab some behind her ears (not inside). You do this for a few weeks, it should work like antibiotics.

    Answer by petitmom81 at 4:59 AM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • thanks petitmom! i love vitacost and have been meaning to place an order, so i'll try the oregano oil!

    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 9:45 AM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • First- My sister had downs and constant ear aches, my mom found a doctor who beleived in natural remedies and did not prescribe anymore antibiotics and instead natural treatments, she stopped having earaches (and it was to the point were the traditional doctor wanted to do a tube).
    Second- My moms friend tried something similar on her own and her daughter ended up severly mentaly handicapped from the earache not being treated (not sure of all the details I was young at the time). I am not trying to discourage you from a natural remedy but you should do it under the supervision of someone who knows when to treat/not treat (personally I think america is way over treated but after what happened to that young girl......)

    Answer by KatieP. at 10:05 AM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • not a good idea. the infection could erode bone and go into her brain. she could lose her hearing or her life.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:38 AM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • My oldest when he was 3 had 10 months (straight) where he had ear infections in one or both ears. We would go to the doctor each time, and most of the time he was given antibiotics. The last time it happened the doctor put him on preventative medicine therapy (for a month) and if that did not work he would put tubes in. Thankfully he did not need tubes and he never had another ear infection again.

    One thing that helped my son when he had ear pain was I gave him a warm wet washcloth to either hold on his ear, or put on the pillow and lay his ear on. That seemed to soothe him and make him feel better.

    Answer by MizLee at 11:15 AM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • My mom was a natural health FREAK while I was growing up and going to the YMCA pool all summer had my mom making an at home remedy for ear infections when I got one. She boiled ginger root to get it soft and pressed it though a garlic press and put the pulp in a gosse type thing or cloth and squeezed it into my ear. I don't have any bad memories about it so it must have worked.

    Answer by hermajesty2 at 1:57 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • a hairdryer set on low will help witht he pain. I wouldn't not use a natural remedy but if it's not helping in a few days or these are reoccurring then I would get a doctor's advice.

    Answer by pagirl71 at 2:05 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

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