Sometimes I can’t help but feel sorry for my poor little boy. He has such bad allergies and the doctor thinks that they are the cause of his recurrent ear infections. Almost every month he seems to go through the same thing, with aching, painful ears that warrant yet another trip to the doctors. After his last visit to the doctor’s office, they suggested that he might actually need tubes fitting to try to relieve the pressure and while we’re not keen on the idea we just want him to be pain-free.
In the meantime, we’re trying everything we can to reduce his allergic reactions. Cutting the number of allergens in our home has become a priority, and we’ve even invested in a better hardwood vacuum cleaner so we can have a nice clean floor without any pet hair. However, while we wait for the next visit to the surgery, I’m trying a few home remedies to try to soothe his pain and to prevent any more ear infections from occurring.
The first thing that I’ve tried for the last few months has been over the counter pain relief for children. One of the best things about them is that they reduce fever as well as reducing the pain. However, there are other home remedies that I’ve tried too as an extra line of defense.
I read that warm compresses such as a warm damp washcloth or a heat pad could help with the pain, so I gave it a go. I found it worked best if I alternated between ice packs and warm pads every ten minutes.
This old folk remedy has worked surprisingly well, even though there isn’t actually any scientific evidence proving it works. I put a couple of warm olive oil drops in my son’s ear and it seemed to soothe him nicely.
Naturopathic Ear Drops
Made out of herbal extracts, I bought these drops online. They have an olive oil base and they seem to be just as effective as ones that are bought in the chemist.
One of my friends suggested that I should take my son to the chiropractor to have some adjustments made. Apparently, her son had a similar problem and found that his ear pain went away after a couple of sessions. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s something I’m considering.
Tea Tree Oil
This natural oil is known to be anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antifungal as well as antibacterial and so is good for reducing discomfort and pain. I’ve tried mixing a couple of drops of olive oil and it seemed to help relieve his suffering.
I read that I should put my son down to sleep with his ear raised up rather than facing the pillow as this will allow for better drainage. I’ve started putting him to bed that way over the last couple of nights and he seems to be in less pain.
If all else fails, if he’s in bad pain I try to distract him with his favorite toys or TV programs. I’m hoping that these remedies and our new allergen reducing regime will be enough to make him well enough to not need the tubes.