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Daughter has ear infection and I can't get in to see the Doctor.

I'm pretty sure my daughter has an ear infection. She has had a runny nose for the past few days and now is saying that her ears hurt. We are snowed in at our house and will probably remain that way for a few days. Are there any at home remedies I can use to treat her for an ear infection?

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lovemydivas

Asked by lovemydivas at 7:35 AM on Dec. 20, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • hydrogen peroxide
    Nyx7

    Answer by Nyx7 at 8:04 AM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • You aren't supposed to put hydrgen peroxide in ears anymore.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:24 AM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • The best thing you can do is give her a decongestant and some pain killers. You aren't saying how old she is, so that can make a huge difference in what you do. DO NOT put anything into her ears. Get her to a doctor or urgent care as soon as you can get out.
    Marwill

    Answer by Marwill at 8:32 AM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • Probiotics....but most people don't have those around the house but I always do. If she gets infections regularly it wouldn't hurt to take them daily as a preventive measure. In fact, everyone should take them daily in my opinion.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:39 AM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • why not peroxide? curious as i haven't heard why not?
    Nyx7

    Answer by Nyx7 at 8:48 AM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • They used to tell you to put hydrogen peroxide in ears to help disolve ear wax. It wouldn't help with a middle ear infection.

    The organization for ear doctors can't come to an agreement about the best way to remove ear wax. Hydrogen peroxide may irritate the ear and it is possible to get an infection of the actual ear canal, not the same as a middle ear infection. That may be what the first person was referring to.

    It probably doesn't matter if you can't get to the doctor. Most kids with normal immune systems don't need antibiotics for ear infections. You don't want to treat the fever. The body raises it's temp so that bacteria can't multiply as well. If you treat the fever then the bacteria can continue to multiply.
    Gailll

    Answer by Gailll at 9:08 AM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • garlic oil (olive oil with fresh garlic in it) or just plain olive oil for now. If you have it tea tree oil or breastmilk is wonderful if you have that around too. Don't treat the fever unless it goes over 101 under 1 year, 102 under 2 years, 103 under 3 years and 104 for all others. Put 3-4 drops of oil (or breastmilk) in every 2 hours for 8 hours and then not overnight. Do that for 4-5 days and see what happens.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:24 AM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • eh- i wouldn't worry about it. I agree decongestants if she is old enough or saline up the nose to help clear up the nose and pain killers. Most ear infections are viral and not bacterial so no antibiotic is needed. Peds. tend to medicate the parents more so than the kids when handing out antibiotics for ear infections. IMO
    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 9:52 AM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • Give her Advil for the pain and get her to the doc as soon as you can get out. Hope she feels better soon.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 12:09 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • If you have any children pain meds give that to her... keep her comfortable and if her ear(s) really hurt, soak a wash cloth in hot (as hot as your child can stand) and ring it, fold it in 1/2 and place on soar ear...
    Heat helps with the pain ....
    For her runny nose if you have something for it, give it to her... then get her into the dr's when you get a chance too...

    I hope she feels better soon... it's not fun being sick during the Holidays...
    gmasboy

    Answer by gmasboy at 12:44 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

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