Ear aches/infections

Misty - posted on 05/18/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I need some help. My SD is always getting ear infections. I had to take her to the doctor last week and she was just there in March for the same thing. I asked the doctor if there was anything we could do to prevent more ear infections...her reply was TUBES. I'm trying to find ways to get out of having to get tubes put in her ears; there has to be another/cheaper way!! If anyone has any ideas or has went through the same thing with their child and could give some thoughts and ideas anything would be appreciated!!





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Misty

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Anna - posted on 07/05/2010

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The most effective thing I have done for occasional earaches is acupressure. I have some absolutely wonderful little booklets that give simple points to rub. The points will be extremely sore, but it is always so effective. ( http://www.stress-away.com/Books.htm )

If it is a very chronic thing, I would definitely go see a Sacral Cranial Therapist! The bones around the ear might be "squished" together and causing congestion. I took my last newborn to one. He said his ear and even his jaw was congested which would have resulted in earaches and crowding of his teeth later in life.

Cora - posted on 05/23/2010

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Ear infections are due to inflamation in the body -- sugar and milk are the biggest mucus creating foods. Try changing his diet, giving him fish or flax oil and lots of probiotics, you can buy the capsules and empty them into his food. Use the tubes after you have tried everything else. It could also be infammation due to allergy, Ask yourself is there certain foods that he eats that make him edgy or hyper or tantrumish if so he is probably sensitive to them and his body has a hard time digesting it and creates mucus as a reaction. My son gets really hyper after milk and so we stopped giving it to him, now he is an angel child!!! Most of the time LOL. I kow it is expensive but if you can go to a naturopath for an allergy test it may shed some light on his ear infections!! Good luck and a great website is mercola.com for everyday questions with facts. It is run by Dr. Mercola who is a western doctor with eastern knowledge. Give it a shot.

Cheryl - posted on 05/21/2010

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Depending on the age and severity of the infections, and if there is failed hearing tests, tubes may be an accurate option. We were against it at first to with our son (he never had infections but we wanted his tonsils out and he had failed several hearing tests and spoke muffled) but after doing some reseach, we chose to do it and would not change it for the world!!!! He's so much better!!!! Eats better, sleeps better (due to the tonsils removed) and speaks much cleared because now he can finally HEAR!!!!



Naturally, first you could try: echinacea (antibacterial), goldenseal (antiviral), garlic oil (antibacterial), or mullein oil. They can be taken orally or warmed and drop a drop or two directly into the ear.



As a preventative, they say dairy increases mucus that hinders drainage. Or if there is another food allergy, mucus will be high. If the eustachian tube is too narrow to drain properly and the infections are severe, you may want to talk to the ENT or some other second opinion if it makes you feel more comfortable.



I know it can be expensive, we had to cover our deductible and I think it was over $1000 total we spent. But if you let it go and hope he grows out of it, there can be significant hearing damage or loss. Also, if the infections are severe, there's risk of rupturing the ear drum and then your in the ER with a bigger bill!

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