Home Remedies For Earaches!

(This is a repost but I thought it was helpful with all the creeping crud that's going around this time of year!)

This, as you know, is Bubby, my youngest. All of my kids have seasonal allergies, but for some reason they hit Bubby really bad. We didn't know he had allergies until he was in kindergarten and he woke me up one night about 2 am with what sounded like whooping cough. Come to find out, allergies can do that. So, every year, before the pollen makes it's major comeback, all my kids get put on Claritin. That seems to help. With Doodle, I have to put her on Nasacort also because the Claritin just doesn't get rid of everything. Well, Bubby last night began complaining that his ear was hurting really bad. No fever, which tells me that his sinuses are backed up again and is causing pressure on the ear drum. Along with decongestant, I also do home remedies to combat the pain.
My favorite one is dipping a cotton ball in olive oil, heating for a few seconds in the microwave and then inserting the cotton ball into the ear. Between the warmth of the oil and lubrication, it helps it immediately. You can also use garlic oil in the same way. To get garlic oil, mince some garlic and heat it in 2-3 teaspoons of sesame or olive oil. Let cool and filter out the chunks of garlic. Use cotton ball method.
Another that I have read, but haven't tried yet is onion.  Extract one tablespoon of onion juice from grated onions and heat it over low heat. Then put 2-3 drops of the juice into affected ear 2-3 times a day. The antibacterial properties in the onion works wonders!
And always, a warm compress over the ear helps a lot too! Either a hot water bottle or I just run hot water over a washcloth. The moist heat helps to combat the pain.
There are over the counter drops that you can use, but I recommend any of the oils that I listed. They work just as well and are cheaper! Always, if you suspect an ear infection, please see your doctor! These are meant as suggestions and I am in no way medically licensed! These are just things that I have picked up along the way having kids that help!

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