There are four things you can do to help heal an ear infection fast, and there are four terrific home remedies that you want to consider.
You can buy garlic oil at almost any health food store. Garlic actually has natural antiviral properties, and the majority of the time when a child has an ear infection, it is a virus, not usually a bacteria. This is why antibiotics are completely ineffective against ear infections.
In fact, if you go to your primary care physician and they recommend an antibiotic for an ear infection, I would consider if you should use that doctor or not. Because they really probably don’t know what they’re doing, unfortunately, because most ear infections are viral. Again, garlic oil, a few drops in the ear is an effective treatment.
Tea tree oil
Also known as melaleuca, not putting that in the ear but rubbing it all around the outside of the ear. Tea tree oil has powerful antiseptic properties. It’s been used for hundreds of years for the natural treatments of wounds and infections.
Again, I would do tea tree oil a few drops. You can mix it with a little coconut oil as well. Rub it all over the ear and all around the ear area. Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca, is a very, very effective natural treatment.
Chiropractic has been shown to be very, very effective in the treatment of ear infections. What can happen is the spine can misalign in the upper neck, and that can actually affect the way the body heals and those nerve signals getting from the brain to that area and just affect the overall healing.
We’ve actually seen, Bring your child to wellness or a pediatric chiropractor. They can do a very light manual adjustment to the child. Often sometimes they even just do some light tapping or use an instrument. That can actually heal an ear infection quickly as well.
Onion has lot of medicinal uses and it is great cure for the ear infection. Chop a small sized onion and microwave it for 2 minutes after putting it in a bowl. Strain out its juice when it cool and put 3 drops of onion juice in the ear. Leave it for 5 minutes and drain out of your ear after tuning your head.
Alternatively, bake one small sized onion for 30 minutes and cut it into two pieces. Put one piece of onion in a thick cotton cloth and place it on the infected area for 5 minutes. Repeat this process after 10 minutes.
Warm Water Bottle
To get instant relief, apply some heat to the infected area of the ear. Through this process, you will prevent from micro-organism infestation and relieve the pain swiftly. Press a compress warm or heating pad/ warm water bottle against the ear. Take lukewarm water and dip a washcloth in it. Place it on the infected area. But remember don’t apply the heat for a longer time. Remove the heat after 5 minutes and then repeat the process if need.
Sleep without putting pressure on the ear
Some sleep position can intensify the ear infection pain. But on the other hand, some sleeping position can help to get rid of it. Sleep with faced down towards the pillow can help the ear drain better. Use extra pillows to elevate your head; it will also help the ears drain quickly.
Ear wax catches some bacterial or fungal growth which is one of the key causes of ear infection. This fungal growth ultimately blocks the Eustachian tubes. Olive oil can help you to clear this blockage. Slightly warm few tablespoons of olive oil.
Put 2 to 3 drops of warm olive oil as ear dropper into the infected ear. The olive oil will become the reason to soften the infected ear wax. Remove it with cotton swabs but be cautious not to put cotton-tipped swabs too far in your ear because it can damage the eardrum. On the other hand, you can also use mustard oil instead of olive oil.
Some neck exercises can relieve the pressure in the ear canal as some ear throbbing are caused by this pressure. Certain neck rotation exercises are particularly helpful to relieve the pain.
Follow this method step by step to perform neck rotations exercises:
- Sit straight up on the ground with flat feet.
- Rotate your head and neck to the right side slowly until your head parallel with your shoulder.
- Rotate your head slowly on the left until your head parallel with your left shoulder.
- Raise your both shoulders high like you are attempting to protect your ears with your shoulders andmake the movement gently.
- Count for five after stretching them and then relax.
- Repeat this process if needed especially during waking hours.
What is causing the ear infection?
One of the most common things is food sensitivities. If your child is allergic to gluten, to certain things like lactose or casein in dairy, to nuts, to citrus, to a load of things, that is actually one of the biggest causes of ear infection today.
What I would consider doing is getting your child what’s called an I.G.G. food sensitivity test and actually getting them tested for food allergies, food sensitivities, or food intolerances. That’s one of the big things to look for. You can get those tests done. They’re fairly inexpensive.
If you don’t want to do that, then just really watch and listen to their body. Notice if they’re consuming certain types of conventional cow’s milk or gluten that can cause the ear infections. But just in general for almost everybody out there, if your child is getting ear infections, you should get them off gluten and off conventional cow’s milk.
If they want to do a little bit of goat’s milk yogurt, or something like that, or goat’s cheese, most kids do fine with that form of dairy. Again, the conventional cow’s milk, the gluten in grain products, those are probably the two biggest culprits when it comes to causing ear infections.