Ear infections were something that our boys struggled with a lot when they were younger. In fact, one of our boys got his first ear infection at 2 months of age and the pediatrician warned us then that children who start getting them that young often end up with tubes in their ears.
That was not what I wanted to hear and after our youngest continued to get repeated infections (and inevitably ending up on antibiotics each time) I began to look for some alternative methods for prevention and treatment.
Prevention and Treatment
For prevention and treatment, one route we chose to pursue was chiropractic care. (Here is a great article on this.)
Our chiropractor adjusting our youngest just days after birth
If one of our children is struggling with an ear infection, I make sure to get them in to see one of our chiropractors (a wonderful husband and wife team). This seems to help relieve some of the muscle tension in the neck and allows the fluid to drain properly. I have seen one of our children crying and in pain from an ear infection, get adjusted, and then be much happier. It really is amazing!
I also find that it helps to treat the ear infection directly.
In the past, I tried numerous natural methods including garlic oil, sweet oil, onions, garlic and homeopathic ear drops.
But it wasn't until I tried hydrogen peroxide that I saw marked improvement when treating an ear infection.
In fact, since implementing hydrogen peroxide and chiropractic care for ear infections we have been antibiotic free in the treatment of them.
I keep a small eye dropper on hand at all times along with a bottle of peroxide. If a child wakes up in the night and is crying and seems distressed and unconsolable, I'll add a couple drops to each ear. (Whereas before, the first thing I did was make an appointment with the pediatrician or take them to Urgent Care because I hate seeing my kids suffer!)
Now instead of getting them on antibiotics, I start our hydrogen peroxide regimen and, if necessary, I also take them in for a chiropractic adjustment. I use the peroxide 3 times a day until symptoms start to subside and then I reduce the frequency to once or twice a day until all symptoms seem to be gone.
It has only taken a couple of days in the past to clear an ear infection up completely. (I'd also recommend that if you plan on flying anywhere with little ones that you pack an eye dropper and get some hydrogen peroxide upon arrival. It's a great preventative to ward off those pesky ear infections that sometimes develop for little ones after flying.)
What To Do
Have the child lay on his side. If you're dealing with an infant, nurse or cradle the child on one side while you add drops to the exposed ear. Let it foam for about 3-4 minutes (or as long as you can with a crying, writhing baby!). If you're dealing with a child who can communicate as to whether or not they still hear the foaming in their ear, encourage them to lay there until the foaming stops.
Sometimes, if there's an infection going on, it will foam and bubble right up to the edge of the ear hole.
Don't be alarmed if your child screams or throws a fit at first. It IS a very odd feeling but they will get used it and welcome it later on if they know it will help.
After waiting a few minutes for the bubbling to subside, place a Kleenex up to the ear to catch any remaining peroxide and have the child lay on the opposite side.
Repeat for the other side.
I always treat both ears, especially with little ones who can't verbalize which ear is hurting.
This method has worked successfully for us numerous times for all of our children over the last several years. I'm so thankful to have discovered it because it has saved us a lot of money in co-pays and most importantly has kept our children off of unnecessary antibiotics.
**I am not a doctor but this is our personal experience with treating ear infections.
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