Warm salt in a sock, applied to the ear and jaw area to soothe discomfort and support healing. You can also use pain relievers. Pain relievers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (Advil, Aleve, and Motrin, for example) and acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) will help your child feel better.
Earaches can be debilitating, but they don’t always warrant antibiotics. Prescribing guidelines for ear infections have changed in the last 5 years, and your child might not even be prescribed antibiotics. Not all ear infections are bacterial or need prescription medication.
Call your doctor if:
- You can’t quiet your child who has a severe earache by using home treatment over several hours.
- Your baby pulls or rubs his or her ear and appears to be in pain (crying, screaming).
- Your child’s ear pain increases even with treatment.
- Your child has a fever of 101°F (38.3°C) or higher with other signs of ear infection.
Try this :
- 1 clean , cotton sock. Longer socks are better because you’ll need to tie the ankle section in a knot in order to keep the salt in.
- 1-1½ cups coarse sea salt or epsom salt
- A few drops of lavender or tea tree essential oil (optional)
Pour salt in the sock and tie the ankle section in a knot.
Place sock in a clean skillet over low/medium heat, flipping often to ensure that the salt is warming evenly.
When it is very warm (but not so hot that it will be uncomfortable), apply a couple of drops of essential oil directly on the sock if desired.
Place the warmed sock on the ear and allow it to sit there for as long as you wish.
Repeat the process if desired.