Earache/ear Infection and OTC

Updated on February 16, 2010
P.O. asks from Antioch, TN
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Has anyone ever used OTC (over the counter) eardrops on their child (younger than 1yr old) to treat ear infections and/or ear ache. How was it, which one is more effective and does it cause side effects.

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answers from Dallas on

While I do totally support homeopathic remedies - I will share that when I was a teenager - my M. used a home remedy to treat my ear ache - and my ear drum perforated and I have some permenant complications from this 25 years later... get a diagnosis first - don't risk it.

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answers from Daytona Beach on

No, but I use garlic in my ears and my kids ears if they have an ear ache or ear infection. I put a clove of garlic in mine before going to bed and when I wake up in the morning it's gone. With the kids I take a clove of garlic, mash it and place it in olive oil to infuse into the oil over night. Then I take a dropper and put it in the kids ears. Garlic is a natural anti biotic and this really works! Much better than antibiotics and other OTC drops. If you watch Dr Oz you can go to his website www.doctoroz.com and see me explaining my home remedy for this to him. He agrees with me! :) Good luck and hope your child is feeling much better very soon!!!

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answers from Gainesville on

I certainly support holistic treatments but please have your child evaluated by the doctor before you start treatment. My daughter showed no signs of an ear infection (no pulling on her ears, no fever) she was just fussy and I thought it was due to her slight cold but she had actually perforated her eardrum because of an ear infection! She had a slight amount of discharge that could have easily been mistaken for wax. Make sure it's a simple earache/infection before trying something on your own especially given that your little one is so young.

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answers from Tampa on

In my opinion ears are not something to risk lifelong damage to..... Meaning that although an OTC product may be all you need, but the diagnosis and reccomended treatment should come from a professional- either a pediatrician or other alternative health care professional (chiro, holistic etc). There are TONS of alternative treatments other than traditional meds, and these could be great once a diagnosis is made.

Another thing an alternative medicine prof could do (especially someone in nutrition) is to make recommendations for changes to diet, both during the healing time and long term to aid in recovery and to prevent recurrance. Lots of diet choices can affect things like this unknowingly!

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answers from Boca Raton on

garlic oil in the ears is an all natural homeopathic remedy that works perfect.

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answers from Miami on

Breast milk, if you have any or access to any is the best cure!

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answers from Boca Raton on

is your child consuming cow milk? If so, get him/her off it, you will notice no more ear aches/infections. Humans aren't meant to consume the breast milk of a cow as we're not cows.

If you grate some fresh ginger and cook it in water till the water is yellow then let it cool down and put a few drops in his/her ear it will help with the infection to clear, naturally. Please check that it's ok for the age of your child before doing so. Certainly healthier than artificial stuff bought in the store though.

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answers from Topeka on

I would definitely call the doctor and let your child be seen before starting any home remedies. If the ear drum is perforated you can do some damage with home treatments. It could be something as simple as build up of ear wax and then your doctor can show you a safe way to help eliminate the excess wax. It coud be an ear infection and then nothing but some antibiotic ear drops are going to touch it. Let your doctor do his/her job.

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answers from Daytona Beach on

Good Morning,

For treating an earache, I do like the tea tree oil, and chiropractic care, for prevention, chiropractic, and xylitol nasal spray every day. Xylitol prevents ear infections and tooth decay, ear infections are prevented with 2 doses a day, decay with 6doses a day. Doses may include mints, chewing gum, granulated on cereal or fruit. Ask your MD for something to sooth the ear pain to help through the healing process.

Good Luck,




answers from Atlanta on

Hi P.O.,

I recommend a high grade tea tree oil, specifically melaleuca oil. I use one that is non-caustic. Most in the stores are caustic so you have to be careful. I put one drop of melaleuca oil in a teaspoon of olive oil and drop one drop of that, warmed, into the ear canal. Melaleuca oil is penetrating and also an antibacterial and antifungal as well as an antiseptic so it heals. There are absolutely no side effects just make sure she doesn't get any of it in her eyes. I know little ones tug on their ears when they hurt..... and little fingers go everywhere.

We were able to dodge ear tubes with this as well as with chiropractic care. Chiropractic care strengthens the immune system so the body fights off the infection. If you don't have one you can go to upspine.com and look one up in your area. If a friend recommends one to you, interview them and make sure they understand the immune system. If they don't, you're at the wrong place.

God bless,




answers from Tampa on

OTC ear drops should not be used in babies. They do not treat ear infections, only might make them feel better by numbing the ear drum. Children need to get on antibiotics to actually treat the infection, rather than numb the pain. The ear infection will continue to get worse without antibiotics. I recommend you take your baby to the pediatrician and properly treat the infection. Children under 1 year should be treated by a pediatrician and not by OTC remedies by parents.

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answers from Lakeland on

Personally I wouldn't risk it. Why take the risk that the pressure in the ear drum (where you can not see it) could build to the point that it might rupture and cause permanent damage? Antibiotics are free at Publix and in a lot of cases only $4 at Walmart. If you can't afford to go to the pediatrician, try the walk in clinic at the health department to get a perscription. An infection is nothing to mess with. Good luck!



answers from Tampa on

Check the nutrition- is sugar in the picture? If yes- get it out.
The International Chiropratic Pediatric assn will give you a referral-
that is the way to get it fixed. best k
ps Fiengold will give great recommendations for children's diet.


answers from Jacksonville on

Have the child examined by a doctor before putting anything into his/her ear.. please. If it is perforated you won't know (unless it happens to bleed which it may not do) and you could cause damage by putting anything in it.

Let your doc know that you prefer to try holistic or home remedies other than prescrip. antibiotics if you want to go that route, but let the doc LOOK first... to rule out a perforation.


answers from Gainesville on

i prefer to use all natural stuff i use hylands on my 5 1/2month old because she has fluid on her ear so we have to give her meds for the pain but hylands also has pills for babies that dissolve in there mouth and have no sideaffect. i use all hylands products for both my 4yr old and 5 1/2 month old and i love it

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