How I Treat My Kids' Ear Infections Naturally with 100% Success
My first born got ear infections pretty frequently as an infant and toddler. Add this to the number of times she came down with strep, and I don’t think I could count how many times the poor child was put on prescription antibiotics.
This was before I knew about the harmful effects of overuse of antibiotics (You can read about it here). When she was around eight years old, she became resistant to several of the common antibiotics that doctors give for ear infections and strep, so she had to be put on the stronger ones. I felt horrible for her.
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Luckily, my other three children haven’t had to take antibiotics very many times. Ear infections are a lot less frequent for them, and thank the good Lord they don’t get strep as often, either.
A few years ago, I started searching for a natural way to treat ear infections, and I found one that works 100% of the time for my kids. It may not work 100% of the time for you, but it’s definitely worth looking into if your child gets them frequently or if you’d just like to try to skip the antibiotics.
This remedy also works on me when I have an earache or if I start to feel fluid building up in there.
I want to preface this by saying that I do not diagnose my kids with ear infections. I always, always, always take them to the doctor to confirm my suspicions. I’d feel terrible if I thought I was treating an ear infection and it ended up being something more serious.
I do have an otoscope at home that I use to make sure this home remedy is working. It’s pretty easy see that it’s working because an infected ear is red and inflamed, and a healthy ear is not. You can also sometimes see fluid in the ear.
Again, always confirm the infection by a doctor. You can use this remedy as a preventative measure as well. Ear infections are caused by fluid buildup. When your child gets a runny nose, they are more likely to get an ear infection.
So as a preventative measure, when my kids get a runny nose, I go ahead and treat them for an ear infection.
Garlic: A Natural Antibiotic
Garlic has been used as broad-spectrum antibiotic for centuries. It has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Earlier I mentioned that my oldest daughter had become immune to the standard antibiotics the doctors give.
This is because the bacteria becomes resistant to the antibiotics with repeated exposure. This can’t happen with garlic. It treats such a wide variety of bacterial infections and viruses while boosting the immune system at the same time (source). If you need more convincing, read this study.
Garlic Oil Ingredients
This recipe is super easy. All you need is:
How to Make Garlic Oil for Ear Infections
Mince the garlic and put in sauce pan
Add just enough olive oil to cover the garlic
Heat on low until simmering, then remove from heat to cool to room temperature
Store in glass jar in refrigerator
How to Use Garlic Oil for Ear Infections
Dip part of a cotton ball in the garlic oil. Make sure the cotton isn’t too big for the child’s ear.
Place the cotton ball with oil on it in the ear. Do not press into the ear canal. Just gently place it in there.
Place a piece of scotch tape on the ear over the cotton to make sure it stays in.
Replace the cotton swab three times a day. Leave in over night.
Do this for three days, even if you suspect the ear infection is gone. You will likely see improvement with 24 hours.
For my school-aged kiddos, I typically keep them home the first day of the infection, and when I send them to school the next day, I do not send them with garlic oil in their ear. I just make sure to treat them when they are home. I’ve had success doing it this way.
Make sure to clean the oil from the ear before sending them to school or they will smell like garlic all day. :)
Like I said, this works every time for our kids, but that doesn’t mean it will work every time for your kids. I think this is a much better option than taking prescription antibiotics that are typically taken twice a day for ten days and could potentially have negative effects on the gut and immune system.
Have you tried garlic oil for ear infections? Let me know how it worked out for you in the comments!