An ear infection, which is also known as otitis media, is an inflammation of the middle ear. Ear infections occur commonly in children between the age of 6 months and 3 years. Anyone can get the infection, but kids get it more often than adults. Kids ear infection is usually not serious and is not contagious. This infection affects children mostly because they do not have strong immune systems. According to (NIH) National Institutes of Health, five out of six kids will have at least one ear infection by the time they are on their third birthday.
Bacteria or viruses cause an infection when fluids build up behind the eardrum. As a result, there is bulging and reddening of the eardrum. The middle ear is connected to the back of the throat by the Eustachian tube. When the Eustachian tube is damaged, germs can travel from the back of the throat, thus causing middle ear infections. Additionally, secretions can get trapped in the middle ear and cause the infection.
Mostly, kids ear infection occur with a cold. Parents might spot some other symptoms such as ear drainage, earaches, ear tugging, trouble hearing or sleeping, poor appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting. Some children might be fussy and cry more than usual, which are also symptoms of the infection. Notably, the symptoms of ear infection depend on whether the infection is acute or chronic. The acute infection makes the kid have a fever and earache. On the other hand, a chronic infection affects hearing and makes the kid prone to other infections.
However, it is advisable to see a pediatrician in case some of the symptoms are noticed. Usually, kids under 6 months require antibiotics to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of the body. Those kids aged from 6 months to 3 years can be observed without the use of antibiotics as long as they are not severely ill. As a result, it is important to treat with antibiotics if the diagnosis is certain.
Sometimes doctors recommend holding off on antibiotics for kids who are at the age of 3 years. However, the best way to treat kids ear infection is by preventing it from affecting kids. Prevention is better than cure and reducing the risk factors that are associated with the infection can lower the risk of being infected. There are some risk factors for ear infection such as family history of frequent ear infection that cannot be changed, but certain lifestyle choices such as preventing exposure to secondhand smoke can help protect kids.
Also there are several home remedies that you can try that just may help alleviate your earache:
-Peel 2 cloves of garlic and mix them with two teaspoons of mustard oil. Heat the mixture until the garlic turns black and then turn the heat off. Strain and cool until lukewarm. Apply 2 to 4 drops into the ear using a cotton swab. This is said to help alleviate ear pain.
-Take a few whole basil leaves and grind them to make a juice. Place two drops inside the ear. -Mix some garlic oil with 3 drops of grape seed extract and place inside the affected ear.
-Place a few drops of warm olive oil, mineral oil, or tea tree oil into the ear that hurts. -Wrap a hot water bottle inside a towel to make a pillow. Lie down with your ear on the hot water bottle pillow for pain relief. You could also try using a warm gel pack wrapped in a towel. Applying warmth is said to be a great remedy for an earache.
-Take a radish and chop it into small pieces. Place the pieces of radish into some mustard oil and warm it gently. Place a couple of drops into the affected ear.