Earaches affect us all, but in different ways. My issues with earaches, is they always come when it is windy out. Personally, I like the wind - especially on a very hot day, but my ears don't.
Earaches are one of the most common issues in younger children. Many times we are unable to even know they have one as they are unable to speak to tell us what their bodies are doing. Now, imagine how much earaches affect us - now, imagine that amount for pain for a very young child...OUCH!
Of all of us that have children, we do know there are times that our child will not stop crying and we try EVERYTHING! We think they may be hungry, wet, dirty or teething and the final option is usually the earaches.
Well, there are many home remedies that may be helpful in ensuring that we have covered all the bases. It can be very difficult to get something to ease the pain for them at 4:00 in the morning. The home remedies really do work - as long as the issue is not an ear infection, you will usually see results in about an hour. Remember, these remedies can be used by persons of all ages as well.
The first thing I would recommend to have in any home is a childrens medicine dropper. They are so handy for even the adults in your home. The medicine dropper will assist you with many home remedies, as there are many that are in a liquid form. If giving the medicine to yourself - the medicine dropper is more precise.
The one we use primarily in our home - Olive Oil and a Clove of Garlic
- I recommend using a muffin tin - place about 1 tablespoon of olive oil into one of the muffin tin openings.
- add one clove of garlic.
- set oven to 350 degrees and leave for about 15 - 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let stand until is only warm to touch - not hot.
- Then take a childrens medicine dropper and fill it with the heated oil.
- Lay on a flat surface like a bed or a couch.
- Now place either your head or the affected persons head sideways and drop 4 - 6 drops in the ear.
- Keep the head in that position for approximately 10 minutes.
- If the other ear is affected as well, repeat.
In our home, this remedy has always worked. We have used it for years, even when I was a child my mother used it. And, trust me, it works like a charm.
There are so many different things that can create an earache and each person is affected differently. Many times, an earache is automatically assumed an ear infection. It is highly recommended not to treat ear infections with antibiotics to avoid any antibiotic resistance later on, and just wait it out. Which nowadays, is becoming a big problem.
In normal circumstances, if a child is under 6 months of age, the doctor will then highly recommend giving the antibiotics to the child. But, when at an older age, communication is vital when discussing what kind of pain the child is experiencing and is necessary in determining whether or not a visit to the clinic is needed.
Earaches are very common with a shift in air pressure with the weather changing. I myself suffer from this when there is a day with strong winds. Some just can't handle when the weather changes in temperature and others get very bad ones while traveling, especially in the mountain terrains.
Here are a few more home remedies for those annoying earaches:
- Take the very handy medicine dropper and fill it up with hydrogen peroxide
- Put 3-5 drops into the ear canal
- Lay on your side with the ear that you just put the drops in, up for ten minutes
- The foaming action of the peroxide will either clear the wax build up or if it is an infection, it will aide in preventing it from getting worse (if it is not too far infected)
- If this helps with the pain, repeat in the other ear
This is one of the more common ones that we use. Especially when your earaches are caused by being in higher altitudes. It helps in relieving the pressure building up in your ears.
Vitamin C has always been one of the best things to help in fighting off any type of bug. I find the best product to use when you feel 'under the weather', is fizzing Vitamin C tablets that you place in a glass of water. You can find this in any store where you can purchase vitamins. Vitamin C also helps in preventing infections.
A Nice Hot Shower
This will help loosen up any build up of wax and heat is always beneficial in fighting any type of pain.
Take a blow dryer and place it on the warm setting (the hot setting may actually cause burns). Hold it about 10 inches away from the affected ear and point at the ear canal. The warm air will help ease the pain.
I am sure there are many different 'home remedies' out there, but these are the different ones I have personally tried and all have worked at one point of another.
Please remember, if the pain worsens or lasts for more than 7 days, ensure you see a doctor. You may have an infection that is not able to heal on its own and cause further issues.