You don’t know how painful an ear infection is until you experience one! Only then you realize the pain that takes over your whole head, neck and mouth. That dull pain, sometimes is just a sharp burning feeling that comes and goes, seems to be nothing you should worry about. Except the fact that you want the pain to cease!
When dealing with ear infection pain, antibiotics aren’t always necessary. In fact, overuse of antibiotics for children can lead to antibiotic-resistant infections. As a mom of a little girl, I want to avoid antibiotics as much as I can.
Hence, when dealing with minor infections such as ear infection pain, I always rely on home remedies. I remember being a sick kid and mother avoided as much as she could antibiotics (well, you couldn’t find so many antibiotics) and I want to follow her example when treating various illness. Ear infection is one of them, and it goes away using several natural hacks, such as the salt-sock remedy and garlic oil.
Wondering how to use salt-sock remedy for ear infections?
- I used an old toddler sock of my daughters filled it with salt and microwaved it. I knotted the sock and heated it for 60 seconds. Keep an eye on the microwave.
Lay your kid down with the heated salty-sock over the painful ear. The warmth is very soothing. It seems that salt draws out the water. I read on various websites and rice does the same job. However, I still rely on salt. Keep the heated salt sock until it gets cold.
As a bonus, before applying the heated salt sock, I added in my kiddo’s infected ear 2-3 drops of the following Garlic Oil Infusion:
Warm olive oil, often infused with garlic has a long history of use as a folk remedy for earaches, and current research seems to support this approach.
- Mix 1 minced organic garlic clove with 1 and a half tablespoons of organic extra virgin olive oil in a small glass bowl. Allow the garlic to “steep” in the olive oil and release its healing properties for 2 to 4 hours. Then strain the oil and place 2 or 3 drops in the infected ear.
Pay attention! There is not a lot of evidence to support these treatments, so it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor before trying any of them.