A good deal of the ear infections that truly ARE ear infections, are actually viral and not bacterial, making the antibiotic prescription useless. Even the CDC (Source) has admitted this:
“Ear infections will often get better on their own without antibiotic treatment… Taking antibiotics when they are not needed can be harmful, and may lead to unwanted side effects like diarrhea, rashes, nausea, and stomach pain. More severe side effects may rarely occur; these include life-threatening allergic reactions, kidney toxicity, and severe skin reactions.
Each time you or your child takes an antibiotic, the bacteria that normally live in your body (on the skin, in the intestine, in the mouth and nose, etc.) are more likely to become resistant to antibiotics.”
"In February 2013 the American Academy of Pediatrics changed their guidelines addressing the diagnosis and treatment of uncomplicated ear infections in children aged 6 months to 12 years. The new recommendations offer much stricter diagnostic criteria to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use.According to Dr. Lawrence Rosen in his book “Treatment Alternatives for Children”, garlic mullein oil helps by inhibiting or destroying germs that are present in the ear, all while controlling inflammation. Garlic mullein drops are extremely effective and can not only be used for someone suffering from an ear infection but also to prevent an earache from turning into one."
- Garlic – Garlic has anti-fungal, antibacterial, AND antiviral properties to it, making it an awesome natural treatment for ear infections.
- Olive Oil - contains polyphenols which help to prevent and control inflammation. When added to the ear, olive oil can help to soothe and calm irritation, inflammation, redness, and ear pain. Olive oil also contains antibacterial/antiviral properties that can help aid in prevention and treatment of ear infections.
- Mullein – has long been used as a treatment for upper respiratory infections and coughs, but also is a well know natural treatment for earaches and infections when infused into olive oil.
For use: warm the bottle by placing it in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes, rubbing the bottle between your hands until warm, or first running the outside of the dropper under warm water and then quickly drying before sucking up oil. Be sure to test the oil on your forearm, as you would warmed baby bath or milk. (This is only meant to gently WARM the oil, not to make it hot. Your ear drum will not benefit from hot oil being poured down it.) Drop 2-3 drops of warm oil into each ear every 4 hours as needed. Always treat both ears because ear infections can move from ear to ear.
If needed, place cotton inside ear to hold oil in place.