Kids’ Earaches… Natural Suggestions for “Ow!”
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on April 8, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
If your little one is tugging at their ear, it may be a sign that their ear is hurting, either from an infection or inflammation. Some natural suggestions for helping kids’ earaches:
• A warmed compress placed over the affected ear provides soothing relief
• A dropperful (orally) of Echinacea every hour or two will help support your child’s natural defenses
• Herbal Ear Drops: Kid’s Ear Clear Gold from Natural Wellbeing is an effective and soothing combination of herbs with antibacterial and immune-supportive properties, infused in olive oil. They including Mullein flower, Coptis root, Garlic, and Arnica flower. Gently warm the oil before putting 3-4 drops into the ear.
Earaches are the #1 reason for children’s visits to the emergency department and, next to colds, the most common childhood condition.
The #1 cause? Mucous buildup from dairy ingestion. Because children’s eustachian tubes are shorter, narrower, and lay more horizontally than an adult’s, any mucous buildup increases the chances of bacteria or viruses taking hold and multiplying, causing infections.
Middle ear infections usually go away on their own within 2 or 3 days; if, however, improvement isn’t noted within 18 hours, and if fever is present, have your child evaluated by a doctor.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan