Common Home Remedies for Ear Infections

When it comes to caring for childhood ear infections, many parents are baffled and frustrated. Some have even resorted to spiking their baby’s bottle with whiskey so that everyone in the household can get some sleep. Not recommended!
Others have tried home remedies for ear infections that have been passed down from mothers to daughters or that they’ve heard about from well-meaning and concerned friends and relatives. And, some parents even swear by these home ear infection remedies, at least when it comes to the temporary relief of the pain and pressure associated with middle ear infections.
Common home remedies for ear infections include:
1. Two-three drops of warm onion juice placed in each ear
2. One-two drops of warm olive oil in each ear
3. A cup of salt or a cup of rice placed in a large sock, warmed (not hot!) in a microwave oven and placed on the outside of the child’s ear for 10 minutes
Several drops of hydrogen peroxide in each ear for 10 minutes
4. A warm, never hot, compress or hot water bottle applied to the affected ear for 10 minutes
5. Elevating the child’s mattress to help with drainage – place something under the mattress to elevate; do not use pillows under the child’s head
6. Giving the child water to sip and swallow, which may help open the eustachian tube
7. Placing several drops of breast milk in the affected ear every four hours (breastfed babies also experience fewer ear infections than bottle-fed babies)
Of course, there are preventive measures as well that help to reduce the incidence of ear infections in children. These include breastfeeding your infant to pass on the mother’s immunities, quitting smoking (cigarette smoke contains pollutants that affect children who are more prone to ear infections) and keeping your child out of larger day care environments where illness strikes more often in children with immune system weaknesses.

When it comes to caring for childhood ear infections, many parents are baffled and frustrated. Some have even resorted to spiking their baby’s bottle with whiskey so that everyone in the household can get some sleep. Not recommended!
Others have tried home remedies for ear infections that have been passed down from mothers to daughters or that they’ve heard about from well-meaning and concerned friends and relatives. And, some parents even swear by these home ear infection remedies, at least when it comes to the temporary relief of the pain and pressure associated with middle ear infections.
Common home remedies for ear infections include:
Two-three drops of warm onion juice placed in each earOne-two drops of warm olive oil in each earA cup of salt or a cup of rice placed in a large sock, warmed (not hot!) in a microwave oven and placed on the outside of the child’s ear for 10 minutesSeveral drops of hydrogen peroxide in each ear for 10 minutesA warm, never hot, compress or hot water bottle applied to the affected ear for 10 minutesElevating the child’s mattress to help with drainage – place something under the mattress to elevate; do not use pillows under the child’s headGiving the child water to sip and swallow, which may help open the eustachian tubePlacing several drops of breast milk in the affected ear every four hours (breastfed babies also experience fewer ear infections than bottle-fed babies)Of course, there are preventive measures as well that help to reduce the incidence of ear infections in children. These include breastfeeding your infant to pass on the mother’s immunities, quitting smoking (cigarette smoke contains pollutants that affect children who are more prone to ear infections) and keeping your child out of larger day care environments where illness strikes more often in children with immune system weaknesses.



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