My 4 yr old unvaxed DS had a cold which turned into an ear infection. After about 6 days with a cold he woke up an ear ache. We took him to Doc and she said he had ear infection and very congested/sinusy. Very Low grade fever on and off.-
She gave us an prescription for amoxicillum if he didn't get better in couple of days.
We put mullein oil in ears and homeopathic drops for pain and lots of fluid, soup, teas, steam and a couple homeopathic remedies.
He was congested with yellow greenish/yellow mucus but not much coming out of nose despite liquids, steam, etc. Also had yellowy discharge coming out of eyes and couldn't breath at night .
A couple of days later he started having hearing issues.
Echinacea has proven to be useless by many studies and actual bad for people with asthma and pollen allergies.
High doses of oregano oil can build toxic levels of thymol in your liver, kidneys or nervous system and considering no one regulates the dosages of thing sold in the health food stores, I would not give it to the child.
My youngest had an ear infection recently. After a week of fever on and off, I decided to give him antibiotics. I don't give antibiotics at the first sign of infection. I try to boost their immune system and see if they get better, but a week was as far as my comfort level went.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
13yo ds 10yo dd 8yo ds and 6yo ds and 1yo ds
He is much better-hasn't complained of ear pain for 5 days and is playful and energetic. However he is still a bit congested and has a low grade fever on and off so he is still fighting something?! His hearing is still not 100 %.
I think I will check in with Doc tomorrow.
Phthui5, did your LO get better after the antibiotics?
Had the infection affected their hearing?
Do you know what age or weight it would be safe to give to a child?
I've found since a bottle usually lasts me about a year and then I throw it away, I get a feel for the concentration and can pretty much know how much is safe for myself (haven't made myself sick so far! lol). I know that sounds pretty stupid, but the stuff is really amazing and I'm not one of those people who believe much in herbal medicine.
If you want to try echinacea, I recommend organic or wild crafted.
Edited to add : I don't know much about oil of oregano, but a little research of the threads here should get you some info on it.