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Homeopathic Treatment of Ear Infections (Otitis Media)

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Homeopathic Approach to Ear Infections

Many homeopathic medicines are used to successfully eliminate recurrent otitis media. Like vaccines, homeopathic medicines can challenge the immune system and successfully prevent and treat various infections, leading to stronger and healthier individuals who do not get severely or recurrently ill. Another advantage of using homeopathic medicines in treating various conditions is that it can be prescribed even before a definitive diagnosis has been made. This is because homeopathic medicines are prescribed based on the totality of symptoms by looking at the person holistically, that is, mind, body and emotion together and hence laboratory work is not always required to find the correct medicine.

Antibiotics are only helpful in certain bacterial infections, and since viral diseases are particularly common amongst children, conventional medicine often offers little help. Homeopathy differs from conventional medicine in that it doesn’t focus on treating ear infections as a separate problem but instead treats the child as a whole. This same child who has ear infections may also have other physical or emotional symptoms. They have a certain type of personality, certain likes and dislikes and many other things that make them a unique person. All of this information helps in choosing the right homeopathic remedy which matches the whole pattern of symptoms. This one right homeopathic remedy will help bring your child back into balance and allow their body to heal itself by strengthening the overall health of the child. Once the immune system is stimulated your child’s health improves, the ear infections and other problems will permanently go away. Homeopathic treatment is also very safe, natural, provides no side effects and is also regulated by FDA.

Helpful Tips

  • Along with homeopathic medicines some home precautions can help heal ear infections faster.
  • Keep your child well hydrated
  • Eliminate dairy foods which thicken and increase mucus, making it more difficult for an infected ear to drain.
  • To promote drainage prop your child at a 30 degree angle, this will help reduce pain too.
  • Apply cold or warm compresses, depending on what your child is comfortable with.
  • Never use instruments or cotton tipped applicators to clean the ears.
  • If your child has an ear infection, avoid taking him on airplanes as it will make him very uncomfortable. Air travel does not injure the ear or increase your child’s risk of developing an ear infection, but the change of air pressure in the cabin on takeoff and landing can increase the pain.

Prevention

  • Breastfeeding helps to pass along immunities that prevent otitis media. Also, the position of the child when breastfeeding is better than the bottle-feeding position for Eustachian tube functions. If a child needs to be bottle-fed, holding the infant at a 30 degree angle rather than allowing the child to lie down with the bottle is best. This position allows fluid to drain directly into the middle ear.
  • Reduce the risk for common cold.
  • Limit exposure to large groups of children, especially if your child is an infant.
  • Encourage children to wash their hands often.
  • Enhancing the immune system by homeopathic medicines as children who are prone to recurring bouts of Otitis media may have deficiencies in their immune system.
  • Gently massaging your child’s ear can help keep the Eustachian tube open. Using gentle pressure, draw a line along the back of the ear and down the back of the jawbone. Gently push and release the flap of skin in front of the ear several times. You can also massage your child’s ear by placing the fleshy part of your palm over your child’s ear, and gently rotating the ear in all directions.
  • Use an elimination diet to determine if food allergies are contributing to the problem e.g. Cow’s milk, eggs, wheat, corn, citrus, soy, oranges, peanut butter and many more.
  • If your child is subject to recurring ear infections, do not expose him/her to common irritating allergens such as pet dander, down comforters and pillows, carpets, draperies, and stuffed toys all collect dust and are possible offenders as well.

Common earache remedies

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Aconite napellus (Acon.)

Useful in the early stages of an ear infection, especially following an exposure to cold, dry air. Rapid onset of symtoms. Intense symptoms. Person is restless, thirsty, anxious and sometimes frantic. Ear sensitive to touch. Worse at night, especially between 12-2am.

Remember: Rapid onset; intense symptoms; restlessness; anxiety; thirst; worse after midnight.

Belladonna (Bell.)

Often the right ear. Sudden onset of intense pain that may shoot or throb. Bright red ear or ear canal. Glassy eyes or dilated pupils. High fever. Often with headache. May become delirious in sleep, with nightmares. Hot head with cold hands and feet. Prefers the dark. Better for sitting rather than lying. Pain worse with light, noise, cold air, or being bumped.

Remember: Rapid onset; intense symptoms; redness; often right-sided.

Calcarea carbonica (Calc.)

Earache or glue ear that follows colds. Child is usually obstinate, pale and pudgy with a large head that sweats easily, especially during sleep. Anxious on thinking about unpleasant things. Often craves eggs and sweets or is sensitive to milk.

Remember: Obstinate; timid; pudgy; sweaty head or neck (in sleep).

Chamomilla (Cham.)

Unbearable pain. Anger and impatience with the pain. Demand many things but push them away when offered. Can’t be pleased – nothing will satisfy. Cannot be comforted except by being carried or rocked briskly. One cheek red, the other cheek pale. Earache may occur with teething. Worse at night and for warmth.

Remember: Cannot be pleased; anger and impatience; better when carried briskly.

Hepar sulphuris (Hep.)

For chronic ear infections rather than in first stage. Ear is extremely sensitive to touch of any type and cold air. May cover head or lie on affected side to keep ear warm. Pain often sharp like a splinter. Irritability or tantrums. Thick discharge from nose or ear smells like old cheese. Pain worse at night. Remedy may be needed to finish a cure started by Mercurius solubilis.

Remember: Older infection; irritable; sensitive to cold and touch; ‘old cheese’ odour.

 Kali bichromicum (Kali-bi.)

Sharp, stitching or stinging pains. Intense itching or tickling inside ear. Thick, yellow and foul smelling discharge, often stringy. Irritable. Sweaty. Feels cold.

Remember: Itching; stringy or offensive discharges; sweaty; irritable; chilly.

Mercurius solubilis (Merc.)

For chronic ear infections rather than the first stage. Often right sided. May be discharge of pus that will be thick, burning, and have an offensive odour. Pus usually green though sometimes yellow. Thirsty. Bad breath. Salivation. Perspiration. Tongue flabby with imprint of teeth on edges. Glands or tonsils may be swollen. Sensitive to extremes of temperature. Pain worse at night.

Remember: Older infection; bad breath; flabby tongue; salivation; offensive discharges (if present).

Pulsatilla (Puls.)

Clingy. Seeks sympathy, company, and reassurance. Ear pain worse at night and in a warm room, better in open air. Worse for warm applications. Little or no thirst. Changeable moods. Thick, yellowish-green, bland discharge from nose if a cold is present or from the ear in advanced stages.

Remember: Clinging, desires sympathy and comfort, thirstless, worse for warmth.

Silicea (Sil.)

Difficulty in hearing that often improves with blowing the nose, yawning, or swallowing. Discharge of blood and pus. Smelly discharge. Dried crusts within the ear canal. Itching. Children bore their finger into the ear. Head sweats during early sleep.

Remember: Itching; difficulty in hearing; sweaty head in sleep.

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