Here's the back story:
While I try to avoid main-stream medicine whenever possible, my mother is a retired pharmacist who is constantly trying to push medication on me and my children that I don't want. For every natural remedy I use she has an argument for why it can't work. This is SO frustrating.
We are *hopefully* on the tail end of a difficult run of illnesses here. My almost 2 yo DD has been sick for the past month without a break. She went from puking, to diarrhea, to a cold, to an ear infection, to pneumonia and now back to a double ear infection with a cold. Through it all she has been complaining of a sever tummy ache which has kept her awake for entire nights screaming "tummy hurts much" and "mama help me".
We treated the pneumonia with antibiotics, which has cleared the pneumonia but not the ear infections. And I believe her tummy ache has become worse. When I brought her in to the doc after our latest night of distressing screaming, my doctor noticed that the ear infection was still not clear. She recommended more antibiotics with no concern for how this may affect her tummy. Dd does not have a fever and is not complaining of ear pain so it seems wrong to treat the ear infection with antibiotics that could further damage her poor little tummy.
We have been using probiotics and kombucha to help with the tummy. We have some elderberry syrup for general immune health and I have been treating the ear infection with hydrogen peroxide and Wally's Ear Oil. As you can imagine, my mother is playing her role of the skeptic.
To the point:
My mother says there is no way that hydrogen peroxide or ear oil can pass through the outer ear and into the middle ear, where the ear infection likely resides. She said that my treatments may be soothing but they are not going to do anything to clear the infection.
Does ear oil pass through the ear drum? Are the antibacterial properties absorbed into the middle ear tissue through the outer ear? I read that hydrogen peroxide breaks up the blockage to help the ear drain. Does anyone know if this is true and how that works?
I am also wondering if the ear infection is viral since it did not get cured with the strong antibiotic we used for the pneumonia. Does anyone have any current literature on the occurrence of viral vs. bacterial ear infections? I have read that 80% of ear infections heal themselves with no treatment at all, is this accurate?
If any of you have access to some medical literature on the subject, I would welcome that as well. Scientific studies speak strongly to my mother. More so than her own daughter I guess.... :-(
Thank you in advance!!!