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Name: Mel
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my 7 mo old is having an ear infection problems. She even gets them on the antibiotics. Next is shots for 3 days, then plugs. i am so sad for her. anyone else have this problem?
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Name: Tina | Date: Apr 5th, 2006 3:29 AM
You need to see a natural Path doctor, I am a non vacinating mother and have a very healthy child but I do think that the antibiotics dont work if they have had them alot. Try it i think you will be suprised how much it will help your child..Good luck 

Name: mel | Date: Apr 5th, 2006 4:02 AM
hhm i have not thought about it, what would they do? 

Name: Fiona | Date: Apr 5th, 2006 8:16 AM
My sister in law lives in Germany where the doctors are very reluctant to prescribe antibiotics. When she visited one time with her daughter who was suffering from an ear infection she was told to gently heat some olive oil with an onion in it. Continue to heat for a while then pour the mixture into a dish and wait for it to cool.

Leave the onion in it so the oils can continue to go into the oil. When it's cool enough (not cold) drop a few drops into the ear. Do this about 4/5 times per day.

I didn't believe it when she first told me, but I tried it when my son was ill and it worked. It may not clear a very bad infection, but if you try to catch it before it becomes very bad then it helps. Onion is stronly antiseptic (as are garlic and cloves) you can add these to the mixture too if you wish, but it will smell quite a lot.

Do a Google search on 'Olive oil and onion for ear infections' and you'll get lots of information on this method.

Even just warmed olive oil alone can act in a soothing way and help to relieve the pain.

If the eardrum perforates, which happens if the infection becomes too bad, then don't put anything in though.

Pacifiers can also help to keep with preventing and relieving ear infections. The action helps to clear the eustacian tube which is very short in babies and easily becomes blocked. This in turn can lead to development of an ear infection.

Babies grow out of ear infections as they get older, so don't worry too much - it's just part of being little unfortunately. Please try the olive oil and onion though - it does work. 

Name: 3 time nursing mom | Date: Apr 5th, 2006 9:28 AM
It sounds like your daughter already has built up an immunity for antibiotics, which is terribly unfortunate.

Before invasive surgery, please try squirting a couple of squirts of breastmilk in the ear 4 or 5 times or more a day.

I was just reminded of this use of breastmilk on this very forum recently, and just in time too, for I had since come down with an ear infection myself as a result from a cold. I used breastmilk on myself with a dropper just recently, and was amazed at how well it worked!

My cousin swears by it, and used to never give her kids antibiotics for ear and eye infections, it was always breastmilk for her.

I never trusted it for my older one who used to get bad ear infections, because I couldn't see if it was working. She eventually grew out of her ear infections around the age of 6. Fortunately she was not plagued with them before the age of 2. After the age of two she was spending more time with her grandmother who smoked, only once or twice a week, but all day, and I am sure that is what brought this about.

She was on a daily dosage of amoxycillin for over a month before she got over it. The next step would have been surgery, but if surgery was going to be the only other option, I would have definately at least tried breastmilk before invasive surgery. If it didn't work, no harm done, if it did, surgery would have been avoided.

However if this does not work for you, and after all is said and done, surgery is your only option to relieve your child of pain and lessen her risk of the consequences of severe ear infections (deafness), know that such surgery is pretty routine now a days, and the risks are very low.

It's just better not to take any risks if possible. However if it is your only option, then it should be probably be done. Ear infections are nasty. I am very sorry that your daughter has to suffer them.

Trying breastmilk, it's pretty much a guarantee your doctor will 'pooh-pooh' this, and call it ridiculous. But it won't hurt to try, and if it works, no doctor can argue with the results. They will probably claim the results are due to something else entirely, tho, lol.

Breastmilk is a natural antibacterial agent, with natural human antibodies that attack the infection. Because it is a natural human fluid, it will not harm your child.

Because it is all natural, if it works for you, I would continue to maintain good ear health for your child by putting drops in once in the morning and once again before bedtime.

This is how mothers cured their children of these problems before antibiotics.

Someone else here on the forum also addressed this benefit of breastmilk. I will find the posting and bump it up.

Good luck Mel. 

Name: 3 x | Date: Apr 5th, 2006 9:32 AM
p.s.
Since I tried breastmilk for my own ear infection with wonderful results, I will be using it for my own children from now on first before antibiotics, now that I know it works so well. 

Name: Chris R | Date: Apr 5th, 2006 2:36 PM
My son was like that too, started ear infections before he was 3 months old, Dr. told me that was a bad sign. We were in to see the Dr. at least every month if not before. I finally got fed up and we tok our son to a chiropractor. Sounds weird, but they were really great with him, they also took a more natural approach, something about my son's tubes in his ear just weren't pointing down enough to drain. The Dr. had mentioned this and the chiropractor noticed the same thing, it's common as babies grow the tubes will move more and all of the drainage problems and infections pass. With the adjustments, we saw results but did have to go in twice a week for a month or so then they reduced to once a week, then as needed. My insurance covered it, so we could do that, plus my husband went to the same chiropractor so we trusted him. My son loved it, he's so ticklish, he would climb up on the table, and they do use different tools for kids, much gentler. We also noticed his reactive airway got better, something we were concerned about too. It's worth a try if the other things aren't working. I know that kids grow out of them usually as they get a little bigger, but it's so hard to watch them suffer and it's really hard to put them on lots of drugs. Good luck. 


Name: mel | Date: Apr 6th, 2006 3:40 AM
wow, chris and 3x mom, you guys have really opened my eyes. i have used breastmilk on her cuts when she gets to her face before i get to her nails and it works miracles. i am so going to try it. her drums have yet to perferiate. (?sp) Thanks a million. 

Name: Lisa | Date: Apr 9th, 2006 9:06 PM
My son constantly had ear infections when he was little. He finally got tubes put in but still sometimes got infections anyway.He finally seemed to outgrow them but it seemed like forever! Get used to them!!!For awhile at least!!! Augmentin is better than some other antibiotics though ask babies doctor. 

Name: Holly | Date: Apr 9th, 2006 9:07 PM
Amoxicillan is useless,Augmentin works much better 

Name: mel | Date: Apr 10th, 2006 3:50 AM
she has been on augmentin for 7 days and she still has infections. I have to take her back to the doc tomorrow. and then to a specialist. i am reluctant to gat the plugs. my sixth sense is telling me to avoid it and explore other options..thanks for all your help... 

Name: mel | Date: Apr 11th, 2006 5:40 AM
they have finally cleared up... I dropped breastmilk into her ears a few times, and finished her up on the augmentin..... hmm i wonder which one it was, maybe it was a combo of both.... Thanks to all you 

Name: cheryl | Date: Apr 12th, 2006 1:42 AM
This is why i love these forums so much....i would have never known this about breastmilk. i have learned so much good advice from this forum. i just think its awesome... 

Name: 3 time nursing mom | Date: Apr 12th, 2006 8:34 AM
Mel,
YAY!!

Such good news!
Those ear infections can be so very nasty!

Now at the first sign of infection again, just start Little One up on a dosage of drops. And if it seems to be a reoccuring problem, just do daily morning and evening drops to work as maintenance until she outgrows the problem.

I hope you continue to be successful in avoiding plugs. Plugs do a very good job and in some cases are indeed needed. They have saved more then one child's hearing. But if we can avoid them, all the much better. 

Name: 3 time nursing mom | Date: Apr 12th, 2006 8:39 AM
Cheryl,
isn't that the truth? Even a well read advocate like me has learned some things on this forum.

For instance, Fiona's post about olive oil and onion. My mom uses onion for holistic matters quite a bit, but this olive oil and onion concoction is something new to me, and I am going to keep the advice for when my breastmilk is no longer needed and eventually dries up. 

Name: Crystal | Date: Apr 26th, 2006 5:22 PM
just to let you know, my daughter had chronic ear infections. every month for a little over a year from the time she was 3months. (coincidentally, that was when i stoped breastfeeding). hers became so severe that her fever reached 105 degrees, and the doctors did a spinal tap on her to rule out meningitis. although it was just the ear infection causing the fever, it was painful seeing her put through the pain of needles in the spine to extract fluid. FINALLY, they decided to put tubes in bothe ears, and she has not had an infections since. she is almost 5 years old, and she had the tubes put in almost 4 years ago. i wish they would have done it sooner. she was on every antibiotic, homeopathic medication, etc. i tried everything from garlic drops to some weird herbal remedy, all to no avail. although it is scary having anything put "into" your baby's body, the results are greater than the pain she would have to endure with repeated infections, fevers, deafness, etc. i hope this helps! 

Name: Sara Jo | Date: May 26th, 2006 7:15 PM
Yea I had them so bad they was going to do surgury but mine cleared up on its own, jsut keep water and stuff out of her ear and if some does get in their wash it out with a mix the doc can give u, it contanes achole and someother stuff jsut as him he can tell u 

Name: Sara Jo | Date: May 26th, 2006 7:16 PM
sorry lots of sp's but u know what im saying 

Name: EthansMom0213 | Date: Jun 26th, 2006 12:48 AM
My son who turned 2 in February got his first ear infection back in September of last year. It started off as a cold, then a sinus infection and eventually he ended up with an ear infection. Took him in, the gave him an antibotic, went back two weeks later only to be told both ear where not infected. He was put on another antibotic, went back two weeks later and one ear was complete clear but he still had an infection in the other. So again another antibotic and two weeks later we are told that once again both ears where infected. We eventually took him to an Ears, Nose and Throat doctor who told us that that antibotics were probably clearing up the infection but because he continued to have fluid behind his ear drum he continue to get new ear infection after new ear infection. Three days before Christmas he went in and had vents put in. Since then we have only had one incident that we had to take him in because one of his vents where plug so it wasn't able to drain properly. The vents/plugs where actaully a blessing in my opinion because not only did I have to deal with him having the ear infection but at the same time I also had to deal with him having a yeast infection because of the antibotics that he was on. 

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