My ears hurt! Home remedies for ear infections

Apr 24, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. ET

The American Academy of Pediatricians no longer recommends treating ear infections with antibiotics in the first 48 to 72 hours because the majority of children get better on their own.

Looking for some natural remedies to ease the pain and help your child sleep better at night? Get gentle, fast relief with our roundup of the best home remedies for ear infections.

Did you know ear infections account for more than 35 percent of all visits to the pediatrician in the U.S.? Antibiotics are no longer the recommended treatment because the majority of ear infections actually resolve on their own. In fact, a study from the University of Maryland showed 97 percent of ear infections clear up naturally within just four days of onset. In the meantime, however, ear pain can be very uncomfortable, so we've rounded up some of the best natural remedies to help soothe the pain until the infection subsides.

Wally's Ear Oil

This all-natural blend of almond oil, tea tree oil, garlic oil and other healing herbs can do wonders to those suffering from earaches. Just apply one to three drops of Wally's Ear Oil into the ear as needed.

Hyland's Homeopathic Earache Tablets

Homeopathy is a gentle but powerful approach to medicine that uses tiny amounts of natural remedies to stimulate the immune system and bring the body back in balance. It has been clinically proven to have a powerful healing effect on ear infections. For quick relief from symptoms and to help the body heal, try Hyland's Homeopathic Earache Tablets.

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Breast milk

Did you know breast milk has natural antibodies that can help speed up the healing process of any infection? If you are currently nursing, you can use your own breast milk to treat ear infections, eye infections or even regular cuts and scrapes. Just express breast milk into a clean container and then transfer it to an eye dropper. Now apply several drops to the ear canal and let it work its magic. Reapply every few hours as necessary.

Herb Pharm Mullein Garlic Compound

Garlic is a very powerful remedy for ear infections because of its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Combined with mullein, it can quickly ease the discomfort of an earache. The Herb Pharm Mullein Garlic Compound is based in olive oil that nicely coats the ear canal for fast relief.

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Chiropractic care

Research shows chiropractic care is a highly effective treatment for recurrent ear infections. Chiropractors see the body as a whole and attempt to understand the root cause of illness, rather than just treating symptoms. Chiropractic adjustments help to restore misalignments in the spine that affect the functioning of the nervous system. When the nervous system is functioning properly, the body is able to heal itself from ear infections and other illnesses without the need for drugs or surgery.

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As with all medical conditions, it is best to consult with your physician before seeking any medical treatment.

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