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
It has been about a year since thelast time I addressed this and there are about 20,000 newsubscribers since then, so I thought I would bring the issueup again.
The garlic solution above is certainly simple to use forthe treatment of acute ear infections. One can easily makethis up by crushing a clove FRESH raw garlic and dissolvingit in some olive oil and then put a few drops of the oilin the ear canal, as long as the ear drum is not perforated.
I find that breast milk actually works better, but obviouslyis harder to obtain in many cases. However, a majority ofear infections occur from the ages of 6 to 18 months, soif the children are being breastfed, not only would thebreast milk be easy to obtain, but the ear infections wouldbe less likely to occur in the first place.
Ear aches are one of the most commonreasons that sick children see doctors. They also happento be one of the easiest problems to prevent. Followingthe food choice programand eliminating milk and grains and all fluids but watereliminates most of them.
The remaining ones respond well to structural adjustmentsof the skull. My personal preference is cranial osteopathy.
It is also important to note that the Prevnar vaccine likelydoes NOT prevent ear infections, even though you may betold otherwise.
If your child does wake up with pain though here is an importanttip:
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 effectand allows the child to go back to sleep.
There are many different types ofBenadryl and I have listed the ones that would work, butmy first recommendation would be the less expensive genericdiphendyramine. The dye free forms of Benadryl though areclearly 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 upthe 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