When I had my first two children (now 10 & 12) I blindly gave them antibiotics anytime the doctor prescribed them. I've learned so much since having them and my 3rd baby (she's 15 months) has yet to have an antibiotic. I've cured her 2 ear infections naturally with Chiropractic care and Garlic Mullein oil! (under the supervision of her pediatrician, who of course wanted to prescribe antibiotics right away! lol) I do love that our pediatrician respects my choices to always try a natural route first.
Ear infections are the most common reason parents bring their children to the doctor. They are also the #1 reason antibiotics are OVER prescribed.
Ear infections usually occur in the middle ear behind the eardrum. They may be caused by bacteria or by a virus. Doctors often treat bacterial infections with antibiotics. (Antibiotics are strong medicines that kill bacteria and also damage your gut)
Antibiotics can have side effects.
When children take antibiotics at the first sign of an ear infection, they are more likely to have vomiting, diarrhea, and allergic reactions because of the medicine. Also, antibiotics can disrupt their gut microbiome and cause other problems like diarrhea.
Infants and children sometimes do need antibiotics, but using antibiotics too often can be harmful. Here’s why:
In most cases, antibiotics are NOT needed..
- They do not work for ear infections caused by viruses.
- They do not help the pain.
- Usually, viral infections and many bacterial infections go away on their own in two to three days, especially in children who are over two years old.
Doctors usually can't tell if the ear infection is viral or bacterial so most just prescribe antibiotics for all ear infections.
Over-use of antibiotics is a problem.
Antibiotics can help drug-resistant bacteria grow. These bacteria are harder to kill. They can cause illnesses that are harder to cure and more costly to treat, which increases the risk of complications and side effects.
UNDERSTANDING EAR INFECTIONS:
Ear infections can affect the ear canal or the middle ear.
Acute otitis externa (AOE) is the scientific name for an infection of the ear canal, which is also called swimmer’s ear.
Middle ear infections are called Otitis Media, and there are two types of middle ear infections:
- Otitis Media with Effusion (OME) occurs when fluid builds up in the middle ear without pain, pus, fever, or other signs and symptoms of infection.
- Acute Otitis Media (AOM) occurs when fluid builds up in the middle ear and is often caused by bacteria, but can also be caused by viruses.
How are ear infections treated?
- AOE is usually treated with antibiotic ear drops.
- OME usually goes away on its own and does not benefit from antibiotics.
- AOM may not need antibiotics because the body’s immune system can fight off the infection on its own.
- Mild AOM often will get better on its own without antibiotic treatment, so ask your healthcare professional about watchful waiting before they prescribe antibiotics to your child. This means that your provider may wait a few days before deciding whether to prescribe antibiotics, while treating the symptoms of AOM. Watchful waiting gives your child’s own immune system time to fight off the infection first before starting antibiotics. If your child don’t get better in 2–3 days or get worse, your healthcare professional can recommend starting antibiotics.
Chiropractic adjustments not only strengthen your immune system but also can do wonders for helping ease your child's ear pain. We see our Chiropractor every 2 weeks (more if we are sick). Lymphatic massage is a great way to help the fluid in the ear drain. It's easy and something you can do at home!!
In our Facebook group HEALTHY HUSTLERS we have several Chiropractors and Naturopathic Doctors that we love to do calls with on popular topics. Today I did a call with Dr. Kyle Wallner from Michigan Family Wellness on Curing Ear Infections Naturally.
One product Dr. Wallner recommends is EAR EASE, a device that applies warmth to the ear (see video below).
*IF THE EAR IS DRAINING FLUID DO NOT PUT ANYTHING INTO THE EAR AND SEE A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL*