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Secrets For Treating and Preventing Ear Infections

July 28, 2001 | 54,627 views

Ear drops that include extracts of garlic may help reduce the pain of middle-ear infection in children.

Antibiotics are often used to kill the bugs that cause middle-ear infections, but doctors also frequently recommend painkillers to ease children's discomfort.

Most American children will develop a middle-ear infection by the age of 7, but occur most frequently between the ages of 6 months and 18 months. They often arise when a throat infection or cold spreads to the ear, and may be accompanied by fever.

Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine July, 2001; 155: 796-799


Dr. Mercola's Comments:

It has been about a year since the last time I addressed this and there are about 20,000 new subscribers since then, so I thought I would bring the issue up again.

The garlic solution above is certainly simple to use for the treatment of acute ear infections. One can easily make this up by crushing a clove FRESH raw garlic and dissolving it in some olive oil and then put a few drops of the oil in the ear canal, as long as the ear drum is not perforated.

I find that breast milk actually works better, but obviously is harder to obtain in many cases. However, a majority of ear infections occur from the ages of 6 to 18 months, so if the children are being breastfed, not only would the breast milk be easy to obtain, but the ear infections would be less likely to occur in the first place.

Ear aches are one of the most common reasons that sick children see doctors. They also happen to be one of the easiest problems to prevent. Following the food choice program and eliminating milk and grains and all fluids but water eliminates most of them.

The remaining ones respond well to structural adjustments of the skull. My personal preference is cranial osteopathy.

It is also important to note that the Prevnar vaccine likely does NOT prevent ear infections, even though you may be told otherwise.

If your child does wake up with pain though here is an important tip:

You can use Tylenol (acetaminophen), Motrin (ibuprofen) and Benadryl only or the generic and less expensive diphenydramine. The real magic is the Benadryl which has a sedating effect and allows the child to go back to sleep.

There are many different types of Benadryl and I have listed the ones that would work, but my first recommendation would be the less expensive generic diphendyramine. The dye free forms of Benadryl though are clearly better as they have less chemicals.

  • Benadryl Allergy Kapseal
  • Children's Benadryl Allergy Liquid Medication
  • Benadryl Allergy Ultratab Tablets
  • Children's Benadryl Dye-Free Allergy Liquid
  • Benadryl Dye-Free Allergy Liqui-Gels

This combination does not clear up the infection but it does do several good things:

  • Allows the parent and child to go back to sleep
  • Provides time for evaluation of the problem in the morning when everyone is rested

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Prevnar, Pneumococcal (Strep) Vaccine Does NOT Prevent Ear Infections and Has Major Side Effects

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