If you are a parent, you certainly know about the suffering an ear infection can give your baby. It means pain, irritability, and endless nights of sleep deprivation, and as you may already know, most of these infections are caused by a virus, in other words antibiotics are not the appropriate option.
When a child is given high doses of antibiotics to fight an ear infection, the ‘super bugs’ develop. These are bacteria resistant to antibiotics, so the child is given stronger antibiotics only to allow bacteria to conquer these too. In addition, antibiotics change the gastrointestinal function because besides killing bad bacteria, they also get rid of the good one, which is indispensable for a healthy digestion, increasing the chance for candida, yeast, and thrush infections.
So, what can you do as a parent to get your child out of his or her misery and prevent this pain from happening again? Given that traditional medicine hasn’t proved very effective and that the continuous use of medication can have serious health consequences, many parents are researching alternative and natural remedies as an option. Some of the most popular remedies amongst these are chiropractic care, some foods, and essential oils and herbs.
Chiropractic care is the most used type of alternative medicine. It cares for patients by correcting misalignments in the spine and other joints that get in the way of the nervous system’s functioning. This system controls all body processes, including the immune system and lymphatic drainage from the head and ears, and if it is not working in the right way, nothing else will. However, treating deficient lymphatic drainage and immune system through a chiropractor will help the body heal the ear infection.
Children who visit the chiropractor get a soft and exact adjustment as well as a lymphatic massage. The chiropractor may also recommend certain diets, for example, one without dairy, to decrease mucous.
Essential oils can make the child more comfortable while he or she is suffering pain. Eucalyptus oil in a humidifier can alleviate congestion; some tea tree oil with olive oil becomes a great massage oil that you can stroke from behind the ears diagonally down to the collarbone; and warm garlic with mullein oil can relieve pain and inflammation when poured into the ear, just make sure the eardrum is intact before putting oil in the ear canal.
Herbs like Echinacea, goldenseal, olive leaf, and St. John’s Wort are great options too. The first two speed healing by improving the immune system, olive leaf fights infection, and the last one possesses antiviral properties and reduces inflammation.
No matter the kind of treatment you choose for your child, if he or she is getting worse, contact your doctor immediately; nothing should get in the way of ensuring your child’s safety and wellbeing.