Natural Ways to Relieve Children's Ear Infections
Many parents know the ear infection routine by heart. Their sweet little ones scream during bedtime, and tug at their ears throughout the day. It is hard to see little ones in pain. Ear infections are very common for children, but the use of over the counter medications and antibiotics slow down the healing and can also carry side effects. Here’s how to relieve your child’s ear infection naturally.
Top Causes of Ear Infections
Ear infections in children happen for several different reasons. Children’s eustachian tubes are naturally not the same shape as adults, making drainage harder. Other things that interfere with drainage are misalignments in the head and neck area, teething and even undiagnosed food sensitivities which cause swelling.
Natural Solutions for Ear Infections
Please note, that it is wise to consult with your doctor before trying any natural remedies. Also, if pus is coming from your child’s ear, know that it will heal. However, it is important not to put anything in your child’s ear if there is pus coming out.
Garlic and Mullelin Oil
This special type of oil can be warmed and dropped into the ear for natural healing. It may take a few days for the results to occur, but it is an all-natural solution to antibiotics. A Washington State University study found that garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at killing bacterial strains related to foodborne illness. Warm oil can be quite soothing to ear pain too.
Fermented Cod Liver Oil
According to Dr. Michael Gerber, “Vitamin A deficiency disrupts the clearing mechanism of the ear.” However, true vitamin A, such as the vitamin A from fermented cod liver oil is the best to use in your child’s diet. Having enough vitamin A in your diet can also help protect you from other illnesses too.
Chiropractic care is a popular solution for ear infections because wellness adjustments help the lymph nodes to do their job correctly. When the spine is compromised, then the lymph nodes will not do their job to drain the ears. Chiropractic care has also been found to boost the immune system. Therefore, regular chiropractic care may help fight ear infections and prevent future ones from happening.
A healthy diet and regular chiropractic care may keep your child healthy and ear infection-free. When an ear infection does occur, talk with your doctor about trying natural remedies before antibiotics.
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