Ear infections are caused by bacteria or viruses in the middle ear and often occur in young children. You not only have a fever that makes you weak, but you also have to deal with the constant pain in your ear. Infections should be treated with antibiotics as soon as possible to avoid further complications.
If you cannot reach your doctor immediately, here is a natural and easily available remedy at home to help relieve ear infections and pain temporarily before getting a prescription. This method is the best solution for you, it is quite simple, and will need only a sock and salt.It is the best method to comfort an ear infection that can also help to attract the toxins from the ear:
Essentially – an old solid white sock (clean of course) filled with coarse sea salt.
Not only are minerals in sea salt antiseptic and have wonderful healing properties, salt can retain heat so that it helps soothe inflamed ears and reduce pain immediately!
The absolute best things for an ear infection are:
- Get adjusted (chiropractic) – misalignments in the upper cervical area (the upper neck) have been related to chronic ear infections in children. Dr. Green specializes in gentle specific adjustments to the upper cervical area.
- Do NOT lower the fever – the body raises its temperature to kill the bacteria. If we lower that temperature we are interfering with the body’s natural defense mechanism and could prolong the infection.
3.Use a SALT SOCK for relief while you give the body time to heal.
HOW TO MAKE A SALT SOCK
A Salt Sock is basically just a white cotton sock filled with Coarse Sea Salt that you heat up and place on the affected ear for relief. Scientifically I could speak about the healing properties of the minerals in the sea salt, or how the salt retains the heat so well creating a shift in the pressure within the ear… but it’s so much more fun to just say its MAGIC!!! Who couldn’t use a little more magic in their life – especially when their baby is suffering with an ear ache?
You will need a clean – ALL WHITE sock. Do not… I repeat, DO NOT, use colored socks, or socks with a colored toe section or colored line in the toe area. There is something in the colored threads/material that is flammable and will melt when you heat the sock. Do not risk it!
Next you will need about 1 – 1-1/2 cups of Coarse Seal Salt. It has to be coarse or it will seep out of the sock… and it has to be sea salt – regular table salt is not the same.
Carefully pour the salt into the sock qnd tie a knot (or double knot) in the end. It should be about the size of your hand.
Heat it in a clean skillet, over medium-low heat for about 4-6 minutes – pick it up and shake it around and flip it every minute or so, so it will heat evenly. Heat until it is very warm, but not burning to the touch. (*see below for tips if you plan on using a microwave to heat your sock.)
Cover your ear and the area behind your jaw bone with the sock and relax for a while. You will be amazed by the relief. You can reuse the salt sock for a long time, though it will discolor after a while. Replace with a new one when it gets too old, dirty or worn.
If you or your child continues to suffer with chronic ear infections, contact us. We can help! Chiropractic care and proper nutrition can put an end to chronic ear infections and make parents and children SUPER HAPPY!