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8 Natural Solutions for Ear Infections

Does your child suffer frequent or chronic ear infections? Does it seem like the antibiotics just aren’t working anymore? Is the doctor suggesting you get tubes placed in your child’s ears but you don’t want to get the surgery? Are you looking for natural solutions?

Childhood ear infections may be common, but they are not normal. Unfortunately, the practice of giving your child antibiotics for every infection may actually make the problem worse in the long run. In fact, it is now beginning to appear as though children treated with antibiotics do not recover any faster than those that are not treated by antibiotics but they do suffer more from repeat infections.

Ear infections are usually the result of inflammation or infection of the middle ear. This can be caused by allergies (both seasonal and food), infections (either bacterial or viral), ear trauma or swollen adenoids (which also tend to be caused by seasonal or food allergies). The only time an antibiotic will be effective for an ear infection is when it is caused by a bacteria. Often times, repeated treatment with antibiotics cause recurrences of ear infections do to bacterial resistance and an overgrowth of candida albicans.

When an ear infection becomes chronic, doctors often suggest having tubes placed in the ear drum to allow fluid to drain. However, this can often make the problem worse as the tubes can; them selves become infected and often does not seem to improve the situation.

The good news is that there are many things that can be done to prevent ear infections before having to resort to surgery.

1. It is absolutely critical not to smoke around children that suffer from chronic or recurring ear infections.
2. If at all possible, breast feed rather than bottle feed infants for at least 1 year. This helps to build immune systems and reduces or eliminates early food allergies.
3. Check for food allergies. This is one of the most common causes of frequent ear infections. The biggest culprits tend to be dairy products including milk and cheese. Keep a food diary that also notes any physical reactions that may occur in the following hours or days. Eliminate any foods that appear to cause reactions and reintroduce after 2 weeks. If the symptoms return, you can safely assume that a food allergy is contributing to the problem.
4. Address potential candida infection.
5. Taken regularly, the herb Eyebright is considered an herbal ear tube and will help increase drainage and prevent swelling.

The following remedies have been successfully used for those experiencing an ear infection.

1. Echinacea or Golden Seal taken by mouth helps to fight infection.
2. A few drops of warm (not hot) garlic oil placed inside the ear followed by a couple of drops of lobelia helps to alleviate pain.
3. Colloidal silver mixed with a couple of drops of tea tree oil may be placed directly in the ear to help fight a potential bacterial infection.

Ear infections have become much more prevalent in recent years but by using some natural remedies, we can get back to health and reverse the cycle.

Nicole Bandes is a Certified Herb Specialist who's passion is educating individuals about natural alternatives available to them. Find more articles by Nicole and order health supplements at www.naturallyherbs.com.

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