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My dd (14.5) just started getting ear infections. She has had 2 in 3 months. She is not breastfed any longer, I'm sure that helped ward them off in the past. Anyway, I just wanted to know if any of you mommas have any advice as how to prevent them. I am really worried about their reoccurence and having to give antibiotics.<br><br>
Thank you very much.<br><br>
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There is a really good book out called Healing Childhood Ear Infections...not sure about the author though.<br>
It has loads of info on prevention and treatment...have you recently added dairy to her diet? That could be the culprit as well as other food or environmental allergies.<br>
A wonderful treatment for most ear infections is willow garlic ear oil made by Herbs for Kids...this along with boosting the immune system with vit C, echinacea, etc...can be a very successful way to treat them. Also Hylands homeopathics makes an ear ache formula that will help relieve the pain.<br>
hope this helps<br>
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Thanks Tina. I'll check it out.<br><br>
We haven't added dairy to diet, she is allergic. So, I don't think that's it.<br><br>
I'll check it out. Thanks!<br><br>
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The author is Micheal Schimdt.I read it and thought it was good.I would use that book as a guide to help you figure out what the cause of the infections are.You can use Nutribiotic ear drops(it's GSE) ,or wally's ear oil sounds good.I have the herbs for kids one,and even did my own fresh gralic/oil drops when I had my ear infection when 30+ weeks pregnant,but nothing really helped me at that time. My kids haven't had any infections yet(4yo and 16mo),but I would try the drops and homeopathics before I went the antibio route.For my own ear infection I just waited it out.Didn't want to take antibios and mess up ds's teeth!<br><br>
People put breastmilk in the ears too.<br><br>
Good luck figuring out the cause,and I hope you find remedies to work on the occasions ear infections do develop.<br>
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My son also went through a bout of these. We finally got it down:<br><br>
at first sign of congestion--don't wait for ear pain--put in a couple of drops of the mullien/garlic oil drops. I forget who makes these. I do think the mullein in combination is better than just garlic.<br><br>
If she does get one, hold her upright instead of lying her on her side to sleep. (You sit up in a chair.) More painful when they lie down as the fluid presses harder on the inner ear. Poor little girl! It's awful.
 

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Sometimes a chiropractic adjustment will help the ears drain a little better. You might look for a chiro who works with children. Our has changed our lives. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My 3 yo had his first ear infection, it was tough-on us both! Once the eardrum burst, he was ok. I was reading something written by a doc who said in the early 1960s, ear infections were an acute, temporary illness and now with the advent of antibiotics have become a chronic, recurring illness. I've heard about garlic oil but I've never tried it as a remedy-I didnt realize it was an ear infection until it was too late. Also the thing about keeping their heads upright is good advice.
 

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Does anyone else have any more info on the ear drops mentioned? I've never heard of these. GSE? Thanks...this may be an alternative route!
 

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gse ear drops(or you can make your own using veg glycerin and sournatural gse)<br><a href="http://www.nutribiotic.com/Eardrops.htm" target="_blank">http://www.nutribiotic.com/Eardrops.htm</a><br><br>
wally ear oil:<a href="http://www.wallysnatural.com/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.wallysnatural.com/index.htm</a><br><br>
mullien/garlic:<a href="http://www.digitalnaturopath.com/cond/C658785.html" target="_blank">http://www.digitalnaturopath.com/cond/C658785.html</a>
 

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Since I was about 6 years old, I've had chronic ear infections (mostly after water gets into my ears from swimming/showering). I just recently tried using tea tree oil (a few drops on a q-tip and then swab inside the ear so it coats everything). It really seems to work!
 

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My ds recently had a double ear infection. I did the following<br><br>
echinacea -every 2 hours for the first 48 hours then 3x a day<br>
Vit C same<br>
I found some ear drops at my health food store called "wally's Ear Oil" it is mullein and garlic .<br>
Ferrum Phosphorum homeopathic remedy for fever and inflammation<br>
massage<br>
no dairy.<br>
it was a lot of work but after 5 days -they looked really good per ped. Just a little fluid but nothing like beofre. We are following up with chiropractic care<br><br>
Hope this helps
 

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Thank you all for your responses. I was just looking up some of the ear drops and it seems like they are meant to treat outer ear infections or "swimmers ear." I don't think that is what dd has. I think she has the inner ear infection.<br><br>
Are antibiotics necessary? What has been your experience?<br><br>
-Jennifer
 

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LUKESMUM--<br><br>
I massage my dd daily too. You mentioned massage to help your ds. Is there a specific method you use during his ear infection?<br><br>
Glad to hear he is doing better.<br><br>
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ear drops, in my experience and research, don't cure the ear infection.. .rather they are the absolutely great for pain relief (inner ear infections).<br><br>
Especially for little ones, this is a big one as pain = no sleep = weakened immune system.<br><br>
I've used garlic/mullein oil drops, wally's ear oil, and a whole variety of other drops and I think for the most part they all do a great job in pain relief.<br><br>
Also helps avoid the use of pain relief which also treats fever. In general, you want to avoid treating any accompanying fever (assuming it's below 103 and not going on for more than 3 days). Fever is good and natures way of helping kill off bacteria.<br><br><br>
We went through a spell of recurrent ear infections with my son. At that time, I was giving antibiotics. After two and a half months, started seeing a chiro who also recommended Michael Schmidts book Healing Childhood Ear Infections .... absolutely awesome!!<br><br>
We found with my son, that after repeated antibioitics... he had developed leaky gut and was sensitive to a whole host of foods... found it by first elimination diet..... and then worked on reintroducing foods AFTER he was all better.<br><br><br>
Net of my experience: AVOID ANTIBIOTICS<br><br>
Treat pain with ear oil.<br><br>
Improve health by supplementation of zinc, echnaccia (sp?), acid/bifidus (especially if you've been using antibiotics), and vit c.<br><br>
Avoid all inflamatory foods: meat, dairy, soy... (even if not allergic, these foods have the fats which are responsible for the bodies inflammatory response)<br><br>
Find a chiro who deals with children.<br><br>
Massage!!! It helps the imune system ... makes an achy sick baby feel better. and it's fun...<br><br>
if you're interested, let me know and i can describe in detail some massages recommended to me by chiro/osteopath for ear infections.
 

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i'M A Certified Massage Therapist. For an ear infection w/fever do not massage the whole body-rather just the area behind the eardown to the jawbone. ! long sweeping motion. If your child has no fever then a nice swedish massage will make them feel much better all over and help stimulate the immune system.
 

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There is a book called Evolutionary Medicine, edited by Dr. James McKenna and others. It is a book of real published medical studies, my cousin went to Pomona and who's married to the PhD/MD sent it to me, and she'd never send anything alternative or woo-woo. She's quite concerned that I didn't vax Ana. Anyhow, this book says that basically antibiotics do nothing for otitis media and you might as well try whatever alternative therapies you like. (It's a great book, btw. Advocates cosleeping, bf'ing on demand, and doula care among other things. Explains why normal infant jaundice is not a bad thing, and may actually be good for the babies...)<br><br>
Cranial sacral therapy is what I'd try, before chiropractic......
 

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The garlic drops are great for pain, but garlic is also a natural antibiotic and hleps to fight the infection. Just FYI <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
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