How to Treat Baby’s Ear Infection

How to Treat Baby’s Ear InfectionEar infections are a struggle for many families. The size and shape of a baby’s ear make them prone to these infections until the inner canal expands (through growth) and keeps bacteria from entering too far. There’s not much you can do to prevent them, but here’s how you can help.

Elevation

Using elevation when it comes to an ear infection can relieve some of the pain due to pressure. For this, try to keep your child’s head elevated at all times. If the child no longer sleeps in a crib, it’s fine to use a pillow when he/she lies down. For babies who still sleep in a crib, never use a pillow due to the risk of SIDS. Instead, try to hold your baby in your arms and allow them to sleep like this while the pain is still evident.

Heat

Heat is another component that could provide relief to your child’s ear infection. The best method to deliver warmth to their ear is by running a towel under hot water, or simply using a heating pad. If you decide to use a heating pad however, keep it at the lowest setting or try to wrap it in an additional towel to make sure it’s not too hot. For infants, the moist towel is a safer way to go.

Oil Dropper

If there is no discharge from baby’s ear, you can also try to alleviate some pain with the use of sesame or olive oil. Use a dropper to put two or three drops of room temperature oil into their ear canal. Afterwards, you can tuck a small cotton ball into the external ear to avoid the mess.

Fluids

Drinking plenty of fluids is another way to help an ear infection. The fluids will flush out your baby’s system and keep them hydrated throughout the painful process. Also, swallowing actually opens the Eustachian tubes and drains fluid from the middle ear, so the act of drinking and swallowing can help to reduce discomfort.

Contact a Doctor

If the ear infection becomes unbearable for your child, or simply won’t go away, it’s probably time to contact your pediatrician. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic, or simply recommend an over-the-counter medicine and use the wait-and-see method. For an antibiotic, be sure to give the entire dosage over the prescribed length of time, even if the symptoms disappear!

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Natural Solutions for Typical Baby Problems

natural solutions to baby problemsIt isn’t always necessary to consult a doctor every time you think your baby is a little ill. If your little one has a cold, or gas, or teething pain, you don’t need to rush to the ER. Most likely nothing is wrong. We tend to treat our children with medications and pharmaceuticals more often than necessary. Here are some natural solutions to typical baby problems that work just as well.

1. Clear her head with steam.

If you suspect your baby has a pressure headache or otherwise stuffy head, turn your shower as hot as you can make it and leave the door closed for a while. Once the room is good and steamy, hold your baby in there for a few minutes. If she understands, encourage her to take deep breaths of the humid air. This is quick decongestant fix, though. You may want to invest in a humidifier.

2. Use cold and pressure to relieve teething pain.

Pressure on the gums distracts the brain from the pain it’s experiencing in the same area. That’s why teething babies are always chewing on things. In the same way that a cold pack numbs your sprained ankle and reduces swelling, cold will ease teething pain. Place a wet washcloth in the freezer for an hour and let baby chew on it, or offer a freezer-safe teething toy.

3. Decongest your baby with an onion.

If your little one is congested or has a cold, slice an onion into several pieces (you want to expose as much surface area as possible). Lay it on a dish near the bed or crib. The sulfur content in the onions draws out mucus and fluids in the body. It will loosen the content of stuffy noses and drain sinus cavities. The room won’t smell that great, but baby will feel better.

4. Move your baby around to relieve gas.

Babies suffer from trapped gas more easily than us because they can’t adjust their bodies to gain relief. If you think your baby is cranky because she’s gassy, get her moving. Lay her on her back and move her legs back-and-forth like she’s pedaling a bicycle. Gently rub and manipulate her torso so the gas will pass through.

5. Honey and lemon juice for a sore throat.

Lemon is used to dry up congestion and pull excess moisture out of your baby’s throat. It’s especially helpful for that wet cough. Honey coats the inside of baby’s throat and soothes the skin that has been irritated by all the coughing. The mixture will give your baby enough relief to fall asleep. (Note: Honey is not safe for babies under one year old.)

6. Help your baby sleep with chamomile tea.

Chamomile is known for its soothing and relaxing properties. Many people use it as a sleep aid and it works for babies too. Find a quality chamomile tea and dilute it so it’s weak for you. You may want to test it a few times to judge its potency. Watch your baby quietly settle down and gently fall asleep.

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