“Help my child keeps crying and tugging his ear! What do I do?”
Recurring adult ear infections can be a sign of a more serious health problem, therefore they should never be taken likely and from the first symptoms of an ear infection it is always a good idea to seek medical advice from your doctor.
However, they are actually much more common in children than adults. Childhood ear infections are normally much less severe and by following the correct treatment you can quickly provide relief to your child’s ear infection.
So before you rush your child to an expensive hospital appointment, let us have a look at how to treat an ear infection at home with some natural remedies.
- 1 Symptoms of an Ear Infection
- 2 Dizziness and balance issues
- 3 Ear Infection Causes
- 4 Infection Prevention: Clean Your Ears
- 5 Home Remedies for Ear Infection: Common at Home Treatments
- 6 No thank you I would like some traditional medicine and ear drops!
- 7 Help it has been 2 days and my child is still in agony!
Symptoms of an Ear Infection
Dizziness and balance issues
You may find that your child has trouble hearing also until the infection starts to clear. With all three cases one thing that will be recurring is the possibility of having a sudden high fever, but generally you will experience a low grade fever of 101º to 103º. Great so now that we know the symptoms, how do we get rid of an ear infection? Well hang on a minute! First we need to learn about what caused it, there is no point in starting ear infection remedies if all that will happen will be for the ear infection to recur because we did not know the cause!
Ear Infection Causes
It is only by looking at the cause of the illness that we can really understand how to cure an ear Infection. A middle ear infection often comes as a result of a respiratory problem or a cold. This is because the infection travels to the ears via the eustachian tubes which are the organs responsible for keeping the correct air pressure in your ears. Your eustachian tubes can become infected because they connect your nose and throat, once infected the fluid builds up in your eardrum instead of draining due to swelling.
A child is more prone to this sort of infection because for starters their immune system has not fully developed but also because their Eustachian tubes are still growing therefore they are shorter, this allows for germs to become easily trapped. So now we know that congestion from cold is a big factor in causing ear infections, so a preventive treatment we can use to combat this would be to ensure we are always clothed appropriately especially during the winter months: scarfs, mittens and hats on!
Another cause of regular blockage in the Eustachian tubes can be allergies, so if you find your child or yourself with recurring earaches during the seasons of flower pollen flying through the air. Simply taking the correct hay-fever medicine may be enough to cure your ear infection!
An outer ear infection is also known as swimmer’s ear, because a lot of the times it is caused by water entering your ear due to swimming or washing. The dampness in your ear then becomes an ideal home for new bacteria to form. If you then proceed to scratch your ear or irritate the outside of it then a bacterial infection will commence. Good to know? Now we know that a simple way to cure any potential chance of an ear infection is to wear earplugs when swimming!
Infection Prevention: Clean Your Ears
Here are some useful articles:
Home Remedies for Ear Infection: Common at Home Treatments
So do we need to run to the doctor for some antibiotics?
Hot Water Bottle or warm washcloth:
Pop your ears:
Popping your ears is a great natural way to help the fluid drain.
Try apple cider vinegar or alcohol rinse:
No thank you I would like some traditional medicine and ear drops!
I hear you I hear you, natural home remedies are not for everyone but they do have a great track record of working and curing ear infections. Just ask your Grandma what her best method for managing pain is! I think you may be surprised by the response, but if that doesn’t work for you then here are some over the counter options that will help you relief that earache pain.
This could come in the form of a nasal spray or even an antihistamine, just ask your pharmacist to recommend the best option for your child, taking into account their age and weight. Remember that cold or allergy symptoms are a big cause of ear infection so if we minimize this and ensure your tubes are all allowing you to breath correctly and draining fluid then you will be provided with relief.
Over-the-counter pain relievers
The main cause of the pain is due to your child’s ear being swollen, so any anti-inflammatory can help you get rid of your ear infection. A good option for pain medication would be ibuprofen or acetaminophen these come in all forms of brands such as Tylenol or Advil. Remember to follow the labels when using drugs, remember to take into account your child’s age and weight and never take more than what is indicated on the label. Ensure that your write down the times that your child is taking the medicine, in case he or she does not bounce back this could be important information if you need to visit a hospital.
Ear drops for ear infections
Ear drops will in the most cases be prescribed by your doctor. This is because using anesthetic ear drops in the wrong fashion will have the opposite effect and could potentially damage your eardrums. However, if prescribed then ear drops will numb your child’s eardrum this will give them some instant relief for a couple of hours. Be sure to follow the medicine’s instructions carefully and do not use more than the prescribed dose.
Help it has been 2 days and my child is still in agony!
At this stage your next cause of action will be to seek medical advice if you have not already done so. If an earache has not cleared itself up within 48 hours then it will not be going anywhere by itself and unfortunately your child’s immune system has not been strong enough to defeat the infection. At this point your doctor will prescribe you with a course of antibiotics to follow to ensure your child becomes healthy again. You will generally find that your doctor will recommend a 7 day treatment and remember even if after 1 or 2 days your child is notably better you need to follow through with the full treatment. We know that that antibiotics can be very confusing, especially when you are worried about your child’s health so here is the general breakdown for you:
You may refer to it as the dreaded “Pink Stuff” it is the go to antibiotic for most doctors, this is because it is an inexpensive treatment that normally cures ear infections once and for all. It also remains easy on the intestines so there is less chance of your child having diarrhea.
Azithromycin or Augmentin
This is just a double dose of Amoxicillin with a different name, your doctor may prescribe this one if your child’s ear infection is particularly nasty. Unfortunately as it is stronger it is a bit harder on the stomach which may result in diarrhea.
This is the new boy in town and is known to be very effective in defeating ear infections, you may find that your doctor prescribes this as an additional.
So those are the different antibiotics you may see be prescribed once you have visited your doctor. Another tip we can give you as a remedy for ear infection would be to provide your child with a pillow that is bigger than usual and ask them to sleep with their infected ear up which will allow gravity to help drain the fluid away.
There you have that is pretty much everything you need to know about ear infections, being able to spot them, how to prevent them happening and how to cure them. We hope you can now act with confidence and know that you will be able treat your ear infection correctly! Of course we always recommend that when in any doubt to seek a professional medical opinion.