Ear infections are no fun. They’re painful which makes your child irritable, and as a mom we all know what an irritable child is like! No fun…for your child or you!
It All Starts with Pain
In the majority of ear infection causes, pain is the first symptom and pain is a big deal. Especially to a child. Ear infections can range from mild to serious, and they can be few and far in-between or occur frequently. Either way, it seems that pain is the biggest problem for a child suffering from an ear infection. If there were no pain to deal with, then an ear infection wouldn’t be much of a problem, now would it?
The Real Cause of Ear Infection Pain
Even though pain is the main problem when it comes to ear infections, that pain is actually only a secondary issue. The primary issue is what’s causing the pain.
You see, when your child’s ear becomes infected, it’s actually bacteria that causes the infection in the first place. As that infection continues to grow, it causes the surrounding tissues to swell and puts a lot of pressure on the ear drum itself, which is where the pain comes from.
Now a lot of parents assume that they need to go to the doctor to get some antibiotics to help their child get over the ear infection quickly. Yes, antibiotics will kick your child’s body into high gear, kill the infection which in turn reduces the inflammation and swelling, therefore relieving the pain your child is feeling.
But, as we continue to see the overuse of antibiotics in children and learn about the harmful effects that frequent antibiotic use can have on a child’s body, we realize that there should be another way to deal with children’s ear infections… a more natural way.
The Solution is to Kill the Infection Naturally
In most cases, ear infections will go away on their own without any treatment. This is because your child’s body was designed to heal itself. When any sort of infections get going in the body, your child is going to develop a fever and their immune system is going to be stimulated. That means that their body is working to kill that infection off on it’s own. So really, you don’t have to do much of anything except help them through the pain, but that can be easier said than done.
As a mom, we hate to see our children in pain. Thankfully there are some great options for helping your child deal with pain from an ear infection such as a warm, moist washcloth to the ear, sleeping with their head elevated so fluid drains properly, chewing gum which opens the Eustachian tubes, and putting a few drops of warm olive oil in the ear. (Source) But beyond helping with the pain, we also want to also look for some natural ways to help the body rid itself of that infection going on in the ear.
Visit part 2 of this series to learn how to make an herbal ear infection oil you can use as well as a few other great natural ear remedies as well.
Has your child ever had an ear infection? What did you do to help them through it?
We hope you’ll come back next Wednesday, as Meagan shares with us how to make an herbal infused oil to help your child with his or her next ear infection. She’ll also share some other natural remedies to help.
Megan Visser is a Registered Nurse turned SAHM to 3 small boys. She’s currently a family herbalist that is passionate about herbs. With her background, Meagan has delved into both worlds, the modern medical world and the traditional natural world, to find the best ways to work with a child’s body so that it can do what it was made to do. She teaches parents how to take charge of their children’s health naturally on her site GrowingUpHerbal.com. Connect with her on Facebook and Pinterest.
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