Earache and ear infections are all too common in children and there is a need for you to know home remedies to nip the problem in the bud quickly and safely.
More so, with doctors less likely to prescribe antibiotics and many parents more mindful of how often they give these drugs, a lot of the times it is better to opt for home remedies when treating ear infections.
The following ear infection treatments can soothe an earache at home, but it’s best to check with your child’s doctor to see when medical treatment or a checkup may be necessary.
Wiggle The Ears
Ear pain often come up from the eustachian tube, which connects the inner ear to the throat and balances air pressure around the ear drum. If that part of the ear gets blocked by fluid, it can cause pains.
Gently pulling your child’s ear lobe out and down can cause the tube to “pop” and provide earache relief.
Placing a warm compress over the ear is a tested and trusted home remedy for ear infection. Soak a washcloth in warm (not hot) water and place it over the affected ear for a couple of minutes.
Use An Onion Compress
Onions have antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and some people claim that they are a great home remedy for ear infections. Cut a fresh onion and cover it in a clean cloth, holding it over the ear for five to 10 minutes.
Alternatively, you can put two to three drops of juice from grated onions into the ear, being careful to remove any pieces of onion.
Sleep With The Affected ear Up
This is one of the easiest earache home remedies. Ear pain is usually caused by inflammation and fluid in the ear. Sleeping with the painful ear toward the sky can allow gravity to provide earache relief as the fluid drains away from the painful ear.
Drain The Nose
Earaches often occur when the nose is blocked, preventing fluid from draining away from the ears. Clearing the nose with gentle suction or saline spray can allow the ears to drain naturally. A lot of children do not enjoy this remedy because of the discomfort it provides but it will allow you to soothe an ear infection without leaving home.