Ear Infection Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies for Ear Infection

As a mom, few things in life are more difficult than seeing your child suffer, and ear infections can be a very painful part of childhood for some kids.

As a child, I had recurring ear infections and several rounds of tubes. Even though I haven’t had one since I was about 5, I still vividly remember the pain of my ear infections (even more so than the pain of Strep throat and other illnesses I had).

Thankfully, my own children have largely avoided most childhood illnesses, (maybe because of our diet?) but we have had two cases of ear infections (with five kids 8 and under, I’m not complaining at all!). Even so, it is difficult to watch a little one suffer, and I completely understand the impulse to run to the doctor to get immediate relief. Unfortunately, it isn’t always that easy.

What Causes Ear Infections?

When my first son got an ear infection when he was a few months old, I took him to our family doctor for relief. Ear infections are the second most common childhood illness and they can be serious if they don’t resolve, so I wanted to be proactive. Both of my parents have hearing loss, so I wanted to be especially careful to protect his eardrums.

To my surprise, our doctor suggested warm compresses, extra nursing, a few drops of breastmilk in the ear and extra sleep for a few days before trying anything stronger. He explained that not every ear infection needs antibiotics. In fact, he said most resolve on their own with proper support and the overuse of antibiotics can actually cause bigger problems for the child (and for society) later on as bacteria become increasingly resistant to them.

In hindsight, I am so grateful for a doctor who took this approach and spent the time educating me. We moved to a new town since then, so when our other child was struck with an ear infection last year, I didn’t have that doctor’s sage advice. This time, the child wasn’t nursing so breastmilk wasn’t an option. The local doc couldn’t even get us in for a few days. I considered urgent care but decided to research and try some natural remedies for a day unless things got worse.

In researching, I found that not every ear ache is caused by an infection and that sometimes they can be a sign of teething or allergies. I also found that many times, a virus and not bacteria is to blame for the infection, so antibiotics wouldn’t be effective anyway.

Some sources I read also suggested that recurring ear infections can be a sign of a food allergy or gut imbalance. This made a lot of sense to me as I was on antibiotics constantly as a child, had many ear infections, and later found out I was intolerant to several foods.

Ear infections can be caused by swimming, something lodged in the ear, or other external factors.

When Medical Care is Needed

New guidelines from the AAP recommend a more conservative approach to ear infection treatment for doctors (source) and provide warning signs for parents. They recommend taking a child in if:

  • The child has dizziness, hearing loss or increasing pain
  • The child has a fever of over 102
  • Child experiences any redness, swelling or loss of movement around the sore ear
  • An object is lodged in the ear
  • You suspect that the eardrum has burst
  • Symptoms do not lessen within 48 hours

A “wait and see” approach is often recommended if:

  • A child over 6 months has pain in one ear and a fever of less than 102
  • A child over two years has pain in both ears and a fever of less than 102
  • The pain seems to be lessening and none of the other warning factors are present

Ear Infection Natural Remedies

For our child, we fell in the “wait and see” category, so I didn’t take him in immediately but wanted to find ways to comfort him and help his body recover quickly.

After researching many remedies (including the uncommon remedy of using urine in the ear) we settled on these natural remedies and he was pain free within 24 hours:

Important: I only felt comfortable putting these remedies on/around his ear because we were able to verify with an otoscope that his eardrum had not ruptured. I would never put anything in or around the ear if I suspected the ear drum had ruptured

Elderberry Syrup

A natural remedy I always have on hand, especially in the winter, to ward off illness. Elderberry syrup has naturally antiviral properties that may help speed recovery from ear infections and it is an easy one to get the kids to take because it is delicious!

This is how I make it at home.

Warm Compresses

I found that the pain of the ear infection could be lessened by a warm compress. We tried a hot water bottle, a rice heating pack, and a warm, wet wash cloth and both seemed to work well. He preferred the wash cloth so I added some soothing dried chamomile and rosemary to the water for an extra boost and changed the wash cloth out frequently to keep it warm.

Garlic Poultices or Oil

This seemed to be the most effective remedy, as our son fell asleep really quickly after we started this and slept through the night. He woke up feeling much better.

Garlic is a potent natural antibiotic and antiviral but it can be too harsh for a child’s skin when used alone. To remedy this, I sliced some garlic and placed the slices between four sheets of gauze (two on each side of the garlic). I sewed the edges shut (taping it would have been easier) and used a bandana tied around his head to secure it.

The gauze kept the garlic from touching his skin directly but was porous enough to let the beneficial properties of the garlic get into the ear.

We repeated this treatment the next night to be safe but he was symptom free after the first night. I’ve also heard of using onions in the same way, but I had garlic on hand so I used it.

An Amish friend swears by this remedy for more than just ear aches. If any of her children get sick, she makes similar poultices of garlic and onion and places on the feet, inside socks, during sleep. She said it hasn’t failed her yet. I’ve only tried once and it was really effective for my cold.

I also now keep garlic oil on hand for use if any of the kids start to complain of itching or pain in the ear and we’ve avoided ear infections since starting this.

Lots of Fluids and Broth

Just as with an illness or infection, it is important to keep the body hydrated and supported nutritionally. Homemade bone broth is an easy way to accomplish this.

We almost always have some broth in the fridge or on the stove, but I keep some in the freezer as well for use during illness.

Ever dealt with an ear infection naturally? What remedies did you use?

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  1. Coloidial Silver is the quickest remedy we have used. Four hours away from home, walking around Ikea my 4yr old son slowly got an earache and got to the point of him just sobbing holding his ear, and notmally he handles pain like a trooper so we knew it was painful. We were in Sydney (Australia) and had no idea how to find a Doctor let alone one that we could get straight into. I then remembered reading about coloidial silver, so we looked for a chemist and bought some + some panadol just incase we had to make the 4hr trip home with him still like that. In the carpark we used it and literally in minutes he was up laughing and wanting to run around. Bith my husband and i could not beleive hpw quick it worked

    • How did you use the it? Inside the ear or around the outer ear? Thanks!

      • I use cs also. I warm the bottle of silver in a glass of warm water 1st so it’s not cold and then directly put a couple drops in the ear. For my boys the pain is gone with in 30 minutes to an hour. I also give them 5ml orally.

      • A few drops straight in the ear (3 would be sufficient for a little child), keep them laying with their head to the side for a few minutes. Then gentle get them to turn their head to the other side while you hold a cloth over it (for anything that comes out). Repeat on the other side if needed

    • I use a particular kind of silver that’s more of an ionic silver than a colloidal silver & very safe to ingest while pregnant or for babies! Believe me, I’ve had many patients on it over the years! Before putting it in the ears it is essential to make sure the eardrum is intact. It works wonders for sore throats…even the start of strep! Many people are afraid of colloidal silver b/c of the blue man featured on Oprah years ago who made his own colloidal silver. The one I use and make available to my patients is easily excreted (99+%) after 24 hours. It does its job and goes away! But as previously stated, ma’am year infections can be prevented by eliminating common food allergies. Over 90% of ear infections are viral, so it’s ok to wait and see for 3 days unless symptoms worsen. There’s also a very simple osteopathic technique that can help drain the fluid from the middle ear…
      -Dr. Laura Tinning, DO

      • Dr. Laura,
        What is the osteopathic technique to drain the fluid from the ears?

      • what silver do you recommend?

    • @ cassie. Just an allergic reaction to IKEA. I have a boxed furniture allergy too. Easily cured by limited intake. Haha.

  2. Thanks for this Katie! My son just recently (at age 10!) has had a sudden rash of ear infections. He now has fluid in behind the ear drums that so far we can’t get rid of (through natural or medical means). The ENT is trying other things to avoid tubes, but she has begun to talk of having to go that route. Any thoughts?

    • Have you checked food allergies or sensitivities testing? My daughter got lots of fluid and ear infections before cutting out wheat. We also only do raw dairy as regular mill will build up mucus. She had allergies to those but it’s best to do IGC and IGE testing.

      • Thanks Cheryl,

        He used to have a fairly severe dairy allergy. We haven’t tried anything like this. Thanks for the suggestions!

        Lynda

    • Hi Lynda, try googling the eardoc. It is a battery operated machine that sits behind the ear and vibrates, the vibrations help the fluid to drain and releasing the pain. I was suffering from chronic ear infections as an adult resulting in burst eardrums on 3 different occasions. We lived in a small country town at the time and the waitlist for the ENT was 8 months, my second child was about 19 weeks, I was breastfeeding and was bed ridden for 4 days 🙁 worst pain of my life – so much worse than childbirth!!! I started researching alternatives for some relief in the meantime and stumbled onto the eardoc. It cost about $55 from the U.S. as I am in Australia. Best thing I ever did. There are heaps of testimonials to read and it was featured on the doctors to show. Good luck

    • Chronic ear infections have been linked (Dr Andrew Weil Book Spontaneous Healing) to an imbalance in the central nervous system. The answer, an Osteopath who does cranial manipulation. Remember back in the day when a baby was born they would smack the baby’s bottom. This was done for a very good reason, to get a good first breath and activate the central nervous system properly. But many things like a fall, difficult birth can interfere with the central nervous system and an Osteopath can remedy the situation. My first visit to an Osteopath was after a fall off my horse, my left shoulder wouldn’t heal properly even after therapy. I laid on a table and the doctor began to massage my neck or at least it felt like a massage, he then did some funny movements with my arms and legs and then said ok you are DONE! and you don’t need to come back. I was super suspicious, I had driven over a 100 miles and thought perhaps I had wasted my time. Well within 30 minutes I felt what I can only describe as a current of water rushing from the bottom of my neck up over my skull. For the next 48 hours this continued and I also felt a deep ache throughout my entire body. The doctor had told me this would happen and that I should take it easy for the next few days. After a few days I felt amazing and felt “normal”. What had actually occurred is the reactivation of my central nervous system by reconnecting my skeleton, it was off slightly and that can and does interfere with healing process. Over the past 20 years I have been to my Osteopath for various illnesses, some very severe like Bell Palsy and every time the “massage” has made all the difference. In his book “Spontaneous Healing” Weil links the epidemic of child ear infections to the central nervous system out of whack. Take your kids to an Osteopath first!

  3. My son was prone to ear infections every time he got sinus congestion from the time he was 2 years old. After a few rounds of antibiotics I learned to keep him off dairy as soon as he developed the sniffles. No milk or yogurt and especially not before bedtime. That reduced the occurances of ear problems. After suffering from a long sinus infection myself, I made the mistake of drinking milk one day when I thought I was on the mend. That turned into an apocalyptic ear infection for me. The first since I was 5 years old. During the nearly 3 weeks of recovery, I researched homeopathic remedies and found out about garlic. By that time I was on a 14 day antibiotic course so it was too late for me but after that, anytime my little guy did develop ear pain I used a mixture of garlic juice and warm olive oil. I’d take a bit of the juice off the top of a jar of crushed garlic and mix it with the oil in a dish then set it in another dish of hot water. Once the oil had warmed, an eye dropper was used to put 3-4 drops in the affected ear. It works instantly Every Single Time.
    The kids even ask me to do it for them because it’s so soothing. I wish I’d known about it before mine got so out of control but I won’t make that mistake again!

    • We use the exact same remedy. We add onion juice to the oil as well becuz onions have natural antibiotic properties

    • We’re you drinking raw dairy? I just realized that since we switched (over a year ago) to drinking all raw, grass fed dairy we haven’t had any ear aches or infections. And between my 6 kids we used to have 2-3 a year…

      • I’ve been drinking raw grass fed dairy & yes, I currently have an ear infection….since Feb 22nd of this year. I’m trying essential oils with my antibiotics (which are doing nothing for it…and I’m not going back for a third round).

    • Do you make the crushed garlic yourself?

  4. This remedy is not recommended for babies or young children, mainly because most parents would disagree with the whole idea. I have a 22 year old daughter who is in college and lives 3 hours away, so I could not be there for her when she got a severe earache that lasted for almost 36 hours. She called me after trying all the natural remedies she knew of: warm olive oil drops, colloidal silver drops, oregano oil capsules taken orally, etc. I couldn’t suggest anything further, so she got back online and searched for QUICK remedies because the pain and feverish ear were becoming unbearable.

    She called me 15 minutes later and excitedly told me the pain and heat around her ear had TOTALLY ceased after her roommate blew CIGARETTE SMOKE in her ear! She said it was so instantaneous that they both thought they were dreaming. Sure enough, the “remedy” was listed on some homemade remedy site, and several people had given it positive feedback, so she tried it, and also gave her positive feedback. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and I would never suggest a remedy that sounded this outlandish if I had not had previous personal experience with it.

    p.s. The cigarettes had been left in their apartment after a party, so thank goodness they had some on hand, and thank goodness whoever left them had not been damaged any further by inhaling the nasty smoke into their lungs. Somewhat of a WIN/WIN situation…HA!

  5. We’ve used tea tree oil (at the recommendation of Linda Sherman @ heritage essential oils) very successfully at least half a dozen times. We just took a tip and swabbed all around the outer part of the ear, and behind it down to the jaw line. I used it straight before I knew better on infants-10 year olds, it wasn’t a super quality oil, Now brand I think. I would definitely use a carrier oil combined with a more quality oil in the present.
    Love this.

    • I always use tee tree oil (melalueca) on a cotton ball and set on the opening of the ear. Then I either use oregano or basil oil heavily diluted along the jaw. Every time the infection has been gone within 48 hours! I have five children and I have success with all of them!

      • Oh sweet! I’m going to try this!! Thank you Natalie!! 😉 😉

  6. That was supposed to say Q-tip…

  7. My husband found a great natural remedy online that uses warmed garlic and onion infused olive oil in the ear. Anytime either of our boys complain of ear pain we make a fresh batch and are always pain free within 20 mins of us putting a few drops of the warm oil in their ears. We continue to do this for atleast a week and becuz of the natural antibiotic properties of the onions and garlic, every single time when we take them to the Dr after doing this at home remedy, they do not require antibiotics. We ALWAYS make sure the ear drum is not ruptured before doing this… And always test the oil in ur own ear to make sure its not TOO warm

    • For Heather Armstrong – you don’t need to put the oil into your own ear. The inside of the arm, near your wrist, is a very sensitive area – You can test milk for a baby here to make sure it’s not to hot, and it’s also the place you can test your oil. I have used this for years and I learned it from my Mom. and just a FYI to test bath water to make sure it’s not to hot bend your arm and put your elbow into the water.

  8. When we were little, we rarely went to a doctor. If we had an ear ache, they would warm something called “sweet oil” and put it in our ear and put cotton in to keep it from running out.

    • Diane, our family also did the sweet oil remedy. I’ve been hunting for it in the local ‘old timey’ pharmacies just to keep the small bottle on hand.

      • Sweet oil is available in any pharmacy here. It is about 1 dollar a bottle. I always get sweet oil, eucalyptus oil and coke syrup at the local CVS.

  9. Just heat olive oil and with a cotton ball soak some up and pop in ear. Problem solved every time

    • Angela, how long do you keep the cotton ball in the ear?

  10. Thank you for this! I just took my 1 month old to the MD for an infection. My 2 year old never had one so it was all new to me. I was so disappointed she needed antibiotics at such a young age (especially after all I did to make sure I didn’t need GBS antibiotics). Good to know there are things to try if it happens again when she’s over 6 months.

  11. as an adult with chronic ear pain and vertigo I recently tried garlic oil drops in my ear. BEST, QUICKEST remedy ever! My husband was so happy I found something that worked!

  12. When I was growing up we used a piece of garlic in the ear with a bandaid to keep it from falling out. Later we found out of a new remedy that worked faster and better. Taking a few drops of onion, juice using a garlic press, leave it on ear for 3-5 min then out comes out on a tissue. If the child has fever then 99% of the time it down within half an hour. Repeat 2-3 times a day for a couple of days to make sure it’s all gone. This remedy saved some kids from getting tubes.
    for fluid in the ear I recently found out that is using a few drops of rubbing alcohol in the ear a couple of times a day until it goes away. It works like magic I did it with my son and he felt such a difference he was reminding me to do it. After a few days he was all better, now whenever he feels like his ears get unclear he asks me to do it.

  13. Breast milk and coconut oil worked for us 🙂

  14. I needed a natural remedy several years ago when I didn’t have insurance for myself. After lots if research I decided to try a simple option. I made chamomile tea, drank it first, then used the tea bag as a warm compress. When the pain would get intense, I would use steaming water in a mug and place my ear over the cup, creating a light suction. This would soothe my pain better than any pain medicine I tried. Within two days, my very severe earache was gone. Anytime since, I use this method along with diluted lavender along the back of the ear at the first sign if trouble. I haven’t needed antibiotics once.

  15. my daughter had a bad ear infection and I was at my wits end.. A friend and mother of four called me and I told her what was happening. She recommended swedish bitter (one drop per ear). I was pretty desperate and asked where to buy (over here in germany every pharmacy sells the ready to use solution and the herbs to myo). She brought some solution over due to weekend and evening. I used it in an instant and my daughter was finally able to sleep the whole night. It’s pretty multifunctional and a part of my homeremedies stash at home. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_bitters

  16. Katie, ironic that you posted on ear infections at this time. This past week my right ear was infected down in what they call the soft tissues. The area behind my ear was swollen, painful to the touch then spread to in front of my ear with my ear itself swelling up like a cauliflower, no ridges, red and the whole area felt like fire. My temp shot up to 103 and I could Not get it down. I’d read somewhere to heat to body temp a little apple cider vinegar and deip into the ear, allow to sit for a few seconds and drain out. It worked. The pain subsided, the fever started to dissipate. I did this twice a day for 2 days and it is all gone. Needless to say, but I’ve bought a gallon of the vinegar since it has sooo many other uses.

    • Lucy, that is one incredible testimony! Did you use an unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar like Bragg’s? I always have it on hand, but I would never consider it for an infection as serious as yours.

      THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS!!

  17. Hi Katie,

    Thank you for sharing your research for earaches, my son (4) also suffers ear infections and this advice will be really helpful for next time.

    I have tried juicing an onion (in my juicer) and dropping a few drops of the juice into his ear as he slept and in the morning he was better. I’m not sure if that’s a coincidence or not but I will definitely try it again, also your garlic in gauze was a genius idea. You learn to be quite inventive when you want a solution fast!

    Thanks again

    Kristal

  18. My 6 year old was complaining of an earache recently. Thanks to the mommypotomus site- I poured a small amount of castor oil into is ear, then massaged his ear and lymph nodes. The next morning ear wax had drained out and his ear was fine.

  19. Hi Katie,
    Which of the above remedies do you think is most suited for a 15 month old toddler. My son has had a runny nose for the last three weeks and developed an ear infection too. His second ear infection in one month. He’s on antibiotics but I want to try some thing natural.

    Thank you

    • Probably just warm (not hot) compresses and extra rest. I also always use a lot of probiotics after any antibiotic use.

  20. Would any of these remedies possibly work for inflamed itchy ears? I have issues with psoriasis and my doctor told me that the inside of my ears looked red and flaky. Itchy ears are the worst!! I have sometimes woken myself (and my husband!) up with itching my ears in my sleep.

    • Get off gluten and dairy to get rid of psoriasis – that was my experience.

  21. Ear infections are very common in babies/toddlers that are vaccinated.
    Do a google search for more data on that-
    Cow dairy for sure makes ear infections 100% worse,keep away from all cowdairy
    A “simple” acute ear inf can be treated with chamomile Homeopathic remedy
    Yes correct Antibiotics do nothing for ear inf .
    infact it will come back with a vengeance

  22. Pine Bark extract also known as arabinogalactan cures ear infection or Otis media in children, fda approved as a fiber it safe for infant use.l It was originally discovered by Cartier who helped the settlers cross the mountains. The settlers got scurvy the American indians. made a tea from the bark of the larix tree that cured the scurvy. There is tons of research available on this ingredient. The powder works the best, other opcs work better for other things strenghthing collagen etc. too many to list. Hope this helps other people as it has been a life saver for me.

  23. Breastmilk is the answer. Straight from your breast (not refrigerated). It works every time. Breastmilk is a great salve too (for burns or rashes).

  24. I’ve just put raw organic coconut oil in my 20 month old’s ears while he’s sleeping hoping to help him recover from his (not painful) ear infections. He’s also got a throat infection the doc says and wants me to give him antibiotics. However, I want to wait the 72 hours to see if he will improve on his own. His temp has been around 39 without calpol/neurofen which I only give in the evenings because I want to let the fever do its job. Question is, I’ve just taken his temperature and it seems to be wrong (too low) – I’m assuming the coconut oil is hindering the ear thermometer from reading the temperature properly?

  25. My son has had a ear problem for a while, his 7 months old and doctors don’t seem to be helping!!! Just a quick question, how much elderberry syrup does he need a day? Also is there an alternative to using honey as baby can’t have honey until 1 years old…
    Thanks

    • I’m not Katie, but I’m a mom of six, using these remedies for 13 years. You can give a baby 1/4 an adult dose of whatever elderberry syup you use. And maple syrup is a great substitution for babies and can even be soothing to their tummies. Also, I was advised to rub tea tree oil mixed with olive oil (or whatever your favorite carrier oil is) at a ratio of 2 parts carrier to 1 part tea tree. I rub it inside the ear well (NOT THE CANAL) and on the back down to thend baby’s jaw. It stopped earache in the middle of the night on several occasions.
      Hope you find hope, and Katie can answer soon.
      Lea

  26. Hi! My son is having an ear pain for 3days now. He’s not feverish and still very active. His ear is not smelly either. He just doesn’t want it to be touched by anything. He doesn’t even want to lie on the side of the painful ear. Nothing changed on his behavior except that cries whenever his ear is touched. Do you think it’s an ear infection? We’re 4 hours away from our Pedia as we don’t live in the city.

  27. For me on the rare occasion that my kids have ear infections I rub Meleleuca, Lavender and/or Basil essential oil behind the ear and down the jaw line. For us it takes the pain away in minutes and clears up in record time. 🙂

  28. Colloidal Silver works a treat whenever I get an earache/infection. Lie on your side wide the affected ear facing up. Drop 3 drops of C.S. into the ear and lie still for 5 minutes, the turn over and let any excess run into a tissue. Repeat this process as often as needed.

  29. Great ideas! I use a little olive oil and mince garlic into it, then warm on the stove, add a couple shakes of cinnamon. Then I strain out the chunks and store in a small jar. Use a dropper to administer drops into the affected ear(s) and let the drops sit down in the ear canal for a minute or 2. Readminister several times a day with a hot compress. This always works within a day or 2.

  30. Please remember to not put any thing in your child’s ear unless you know, via an otoscope, that the eardrum is intact. This area is so close to the brain…

  31. So my first son started getting ear infections when he was about five months old all before i tried to do everything naturally. He would spike a fever of 103 and we’d go in, he’d have an ear infection and wed do antibiotics. This went on for months until he had tubes put in. Well my second son is 4.5 months and spiked a fever of 103.8. I took him in and sure enough his ear was red. The dr gave me antibiotics but i still haven’t used them. We’re on day two of high fevers, garlic drops, cool rags on head, lots of nursing, acv baths and by tomorrow I’ll be giving him his antibiotic because this isnt ok. Im not sure what else i can do but I’m terrified this is going to end up the same as my first kiddo. What else can i do?

  32. I don’t have fresh garlic or onion on hand, but use dried flakes of each for cooking. Do you think soaking flakes in olive oil would be any benefit rather than using plain olive oil in the ear? This is for an adult, with irritated middle and outer ear swollen shut, some fluid, no fever. Lavender and tea tree have in the past been very irritating.

  33. Ok, I know you aren’t a doctor, but I guess I would still like some advice. Based on your guidelines above, we will prob head to Dr tomorrow which bums me out, but curious what I can do in meantime. We are at 102 fever, fussiness, almost at 48 hours, and increasing pain. We are new to natural remedies and real food so I don’t have everything on hand and am miles away from an herb shop or health store. My son is just 6 months old and I am breastfeeding. Tried garlic poultice yesterday and breast milk in ear. I think the garlic burned his outer ear. not sure if I had it wrapped secure enough in the gauze. I’ve even started doing raw garlic in honey (1 clove to 1 tsp) in hopes of it passing through breastmilk. So main questions are what is safe for 6 month old directly, and what is safe for me going through breastmilk? i have (though not organic or best available, mostly in pill form except where noted) echinacea, organic echinacea tea, cod liver oil, vit c, vit d, garlic (cloves), apple cider vinegar, olive oil, coconut oil (organic), onion, honey and some OTC homeopathic ear drops (but contains citric acid and sodium benzoate as inactive ingredients). Since the garlic prob burned his ear, should I even try the olive oil/garlic mix? Since I’m new to all this, I’m terrified of not providing best and of starting antibiotics. I think I also have some lavender massage oil, but I don’t even remember where it came from. He’s been sleeping and nursing most of day. We did see the chiropractor but only temporary relief and she is closed tomorrow. Anyone please help! May be breaking out the motrin!! Help!!

  34. So does goat milk (raw or powdered) cause mucous, etc like cow dairy in young children and/or adults?

  35. My 9 year old son has had many ear infections and we’ve tried avoiding antibiotics each time but nothing worked so we’d usually end up at the doctor with him in immense pain. The last time he complained of a sore ear, I tried apple cider vinegar (expecting to head to the doctor with him in the following days, but figured it was worth a try) and it worked! Be sure to use a good quality ACV with mother like Bragg organic, raw, unfiltered. Put a few drops in the ear canal, let sit for a few minutes then let it drain out. It worked for us, and no other natural remedy has! Very happy I found this remedy online!

    • How often did you do this for it to clear up completely? My 8 month old has an ear infection and looking for natural remedies. Not liking him being on antibiotics

  36. We do ear candling, chiropractor and essential oils. Works for us!

  37. Could you use shallots in place of garlic and get the same effect for ear infection? What about ACV in the ears?

  38. Checked this list out yesterday while my six year old cried in pain (claiming to by dying). Used warm compresses and garlic oil. He’s fine today. Thanks for the advice!

  39. Several times I’ve used a couple drops of hydrogen peroxide in the ear canal and it has worked almost instantly every single time.

  40. My 13 mo old has an ear infection and the dr prescribed her antibiotics because her fever was over 102. I decided to wait on the antibiotics and have done 2 drops colloidal silver in the infected ear and have done that morning and night for 2 days. It’s day 4 of the infection and she still has a fever of 101, should I just give in to the antibiotics?

  41. There’s so many answers to ear infections problems. =(
    As an adult, what do you recommend as a natural remedy to unclog ear? I was diagnosed with ear infection and took amoxicillin for 8 days only to find out in allergic to it on the 9th day. Then to clear the hives I ended up taking Allegra and Benadryl. But the ear is still clogged and ringing. How would I know if I have an ruptured ear drum? And how to pop this ear without rupturing it? Need desperate help!

    Thank you!

  42. How does the garlic drip into the ear when you lay a slice in gauze like you did? Do you soak it in water first? I’ve never really noticed that garlic drips when you cut it, just that it’s kinda sticky. Is that sticky stuff what drips into the ear? How long does it take to drip?

  43. I just want to say I love all of the info I’ve gotten from your blog and o greatly appreciate all of the hard work and research you’ve done!
    Regarding the garlic oil for ear infections, I’d like to make my own at home. Is olive oil acceptable to use? I’ve read somewhere else that sesame seed oil or mustard oil can be used but olive oil is always available in our home. I’d love your input. Thanks!

    • I’ve used olive oil in it before 🙂

  44. What a refreshing article. As an epidemiologist (I study disease) I read so many articles telling parents to avoid a trained, certified healthcare professional and just treat at home. Prior to antibiotics, ear infections were a leading cause of death in children. This is because bacteria, viruses and fungi love to travel around the body when they can, and your ears are right near your brain, brain stem and spinal chord. Usually, outer ear infections do not need antibiotic treatment, but sometimes they do (most doctors should treat this way). If it becomes a middle ear infection, generally antibiotics are needed. As it can be difficult to tell the diference, it is really important to seek out a doctor/nurse/physician’s assistant for care. Every infection is different. You can’t assert what 1 person should do based on what worked in another case. As you said, even the pathogens are very, very different, even when the symptoms are similar. Just see a doctor to find out how to approach this 🙂

    The redness around the ear may be mastoiditis (infection of your mastoid bone). It has moved into that honeycomb of bone structure there, where it has lots of room to spread. You absolutely must go back to your doctor if you see this.

    There are many ways to improve treatment and symptoms at home, after you see a doctor, so the combination of at home and provider care is so imprortant. I love that you recommend seeing the doctor, but were diligent with your at home care. Remember that little children are so much more susceptible to disease and are more likely to develop the worst outcomes because their body is still developing and growing stronger, this includes their very complex immune system. No amount of nutritional supplements can address this more than in an incremental way. This is one reason why mortality rates for disease are so much higher in kids <5 (and in those over 65, as the immune system and overall strength of the body wanes). In the past, this wasn't better, it was much, much worse. This is an important understanding of the relationship between COMPLIMENTARY aspects of full care for health 🙂

    For those mentioning other types of care – please ASK YOUR DOCTOR (I'm not yelling, just putting emphasis). Many of the things mentioned could encourage the infection or create a new one. Food is not to be introduced into the body (except by mouth) without a doctor's recommendation. If research finds olive oil is good for 1 thing when ingested (your metabolic system is very, very different from other systems in your body and deals with food differently), then suddenly online it becomes a cure-all for everything. Just check with your doctor first please.