Ear Infection

Jessica - posted on 02/05/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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How can I help ease the pain of an ear infection my 1 year old has...he's on medication but it seems to be only slowly getting better.....but he wont keep his finger out of his year for 2 minutes it seems like.

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Alicia - posted on 02/05/2009

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Well of course tylenol would be good. Warm wash cloth always helps, but at that age, it may be hard. I had chronic ear infections growing up, very painful, and my mom would take a small teaspoon of olive oil and heat it up over a candle light for like 5 seconds ( don't want it too hot) and then pour it into the ear, and then put a cotton ball in the ear and if you can, have him lay down on the other ear. The warmth of the oil soothes the pain and calms down the inflamed infection. I have done this on my daughter as well, when she was 3 and 4 years old. It helped. Plus the weird feeling of it distracts them as well.



I think it's one of those old wise tells that gets passed down. It worked for me, but I totally understand if your a little drawn back from this idea. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 02/05/2009

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You may have already received this advice, but a heating pad works. I wouldn't use any over the counter drops that the doctor didn't suggest (or asking first) for a one year old The size of the drops can be too big for small ears and may cause more pain. Also, they kind of hurt going in and at that age they don't understand the benifit. I would recomend the heating pad and let him lay his ear on it. He won't get what you are doing at first so I would just lay him on it. When he rolls over and it sooths then he will keep doing it. Also, if your doctor said he can have a pain killer, go for ibeprophin (I know I didn't spell that right) because it is an anti-inflamitory. This I know from experience, tylonol or acideminiphin (another word I can't spell) doesn't even touch the pain

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Selam - posted on 02/06/2009

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Ok, this will sound very weird... But garlic capsules REALLY worked for my daughter and probiotics orally. You can get unsented capsules because the smell can get a bit much. You burst the capsule, it is in an oil form so easy to manage, squeeze it directly on the infected ear or q-tip and gently massage it in with the q-tip. My oldest used to get a lot in winter time especially between ages 2 and 5. I discovered probiotics since then and it prevents them from hapenning (happened once only in 2 years when she had a really bad cold! As opposed to 4 or 5 times a winter season). She would ask for it herself, only thing that gave her relief, and a bottle of 30 capsules is good for over a year stored in the fridge so very inexpensive and can be used by adults orally for fighting cold and flu season!

Jolene - posted on 02/06/2009

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A little bit of warm olive oil in the ear and laying on a heating pad may help to soothe it. Warm baths and maybe a bit of infant tylonel to help him sleep.

Karen - posted on 02/05/2009

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Quoting Marsheena:

you should talk to the pediatician about tubes.....



Most doctors don't think about tubes unless the child has chronic ear infections. If he is only getting them as a result of a head cold once a year, then its not worth it. I had tubes as a child, but I would get a new ear infection less than a month after stopping antibiotics. My mother had me at the doctors office constantly. After getting tubes, I don't think I ever got another ear infection. Also, Children's Motrin works wonders. My 10 month old can have 4ml, so if he's a year, that's probably the same dose. Ask your pharmasist (more bad spelling) about the dose.

Regina - posted on 02/05/2009

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YES INFANT MOTRIN CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT THE DOSEAGE A WARM BLANKET NOT HOT OUT OF THE MICROWAVE WARM IT IN THE DRYER AND HAVE THE BABY LAY ON IT ON YOUR LAP BUT IS IS INFLAMMATION THAT IS CAUSING THE PRESSURE GOOD LUCK.

Karen - posted on 02/05/2009

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My 10 month old has ear infections in both ears. Her pediatician (can't spell) told me to put a pillow under one end of her matress to help the fluid drain from her ears. Laying flat makes the pain worse, but having her head raised, even a little bit, seems to help her sleep all night.

Janie - posted on 02/05/2009

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My childrens doctor and our pharmacist have always told me to use "Sweet Oil" drops. You can get these at your local pharmacy. You will need to also buy a dropper as it does not come with one. My children are older now but it would be worth asking the pharmacist or Dr about.. It REALLY seems to help..Hope this helps!

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