If you have seen your toddler whining, shaking his head or pulling his ear and feeling a bit feverish, he’s probably struggling with an ear infection. You don’t have to panic, because ear infections are very common in childhood. Why? Well, the ear is still developing alongside with the Eustachian tube.
Even if there’s a painful situation for your toddler, there is good news: most childhood ear infections are not contagious and don’t require the intake of antibiotics, meaning that they can easily be relieved with the help of some natural remedies.
As a kiddo, my grandma always used natural remedies to get relief from any pain, and earaches made no exception.
Anyhow, you should consider visiting a doctor before applying any of the below remedies, in order to dispel the existence of a severe ear infection.
Extra virgin olive oil and garlic have antibacterial properties to help battle the infection, and the warmth helps relieve pain temporarily.
Crush some garlic and warm it with extra virgin olive oil. Let it cool to just about body temperature and then put a few drops in your baby’s ear. Leave it in for 15-20 seconds and then tilt your baby’s head to let the liquid drain out. Repeat three times daily.
2. Hot compresses
Take a hot water bottle or wash cloth soaked in hot water (check temperature before placing on baby’s skin), and gently press on the ear to relieve pain. Repeat as often as needed.
3. Hydrogen peroxide
Make a mixture of 50% peroxide and 50% water. Place a few drops in the ear, allow to sit for 15 seconds, and then tilt your child’s head to drain the liquid out. Repeat twice daily. (Again, don’t use this if the eardrum is perforated.)
Try gently massaging the neck to help the lymph nodes drain fluid away from the ears. Use a gentle, plant-based body oil.
5. Cold Compresses
Just like warm compress, you can also reduce ear pain in babies due to ear infection with a cold compress. The cold temperature will numb the nerves around the ears temporarily, providing short-term relief from the pain to your little one.
Soak a washcloth in cool water and wring out the excess water. Put the washcloth over the ear that’s bothering your child. Do this for up to 20 minutes at a time. Repeat as needed.