Ear infections are among the most common illnesses of early childhood. An infection happens when germs like bacteria and viruses get inside the body and cause trouble. Germs can get into your ears. The ear is divided into three parts: outer, middle, and inner. When the germs bother your outer ear, it's called swimmer's ear. Most kids have at least one middle ear infection before they are 2 years old. These infections can cause ear pain and a fever. There are many reasons why children are more likely to suffer from otitis media than adults. First, children have more trouble fighting infections. This is because their immune systems are still developing. Another reason has to do with the child's eustachian tube. Most ear infections clear up on their own within a few days, and most children stop having ear infections once they reach school age. Another factor in ear infections is swelling of the adenoids. Earache is a common symptom of ear infection. However, not all earaches are caused by an ear infection. If a child has earache but is otherwise well, an ear infection is unlikely.
The infection can happen to anyone. The goals for treating ear infections include relieving pain, curing the infection, preventing complications, and preventing recurrent ear infections. Sometimes a cause can be traced, such as swimming in infected sea water (many surfers will attest to this). Most times it is not possible to be sure why it started. Ear infections occur most frequently in the winter. An ear infection, also known as otitis media, produces pus, fluid, fullness, pain, and inflammation within the ear. An ear infection may also cause fever, hearing loss, and dizziness. Most ear infections will safely clear up on their own without antibiotics. Ear infections are also more likely if a child spends a lot of time drinking from a sippy cup or bottle while lying on his or her back. Contrary to popular opinion, getting water in the ears will not cause an acute ear infection, unless the eardrum has a hole from a previous episode. Middle ear infection is the most common childhood illness treated by pediatricians. It usually develops a few days after a child has a cold or the flu.
Prevention of Ear Infection
- Wash hands and toys frequently. Also, day care with 6 or fewer children can lessen your child's chances of getting a cold or similar infection. This leads to fewer ear infections.
- Breast milk contains antibodies that offer protection from ear infections.
- Avoid propping a bottle in your baby's mouth while he or she is lying down.
- Make sure that no one smokes in your home. Away from home, stay in smoke-free environments.
- Avoid overusing antibiotics.
Home Remedies for Ear Infection
- Use Colloidal silver, as an ear wash, it can be taken orally too. This is a natural antibiotic.
- Use ajwain oil as an ear drop for earache relief.
- Using ear candles available from health stores can also help draw impurities out of the ear.
- Fill a small bag with salt and press it against the ear.
- Dropping few drops of hydrogen peroxide in to your ear will cure you of the infection.
- Consume a lot of vitamin C. It helps in fighting infection.
- Make a mixture by adding 1 tablespoon of almond carrier oil, 2 drops of lavender essential oil, 2 drops of chamomile oil and 3 drops of tea tree essential oil. Warm this mixture and add 2 drops thrice a day to the infected ear.