Probiotics: Supplementing with probiotics reduces the occurrence of ear infections. It is very beneficial as it supports the gastrointestinal tract that is a large component of the immune system.
* When putting liquid in the ears, always make sure that it is warmed up to body temperature!
Ear infections mainly affect children, as the tubes that remove mucus from the ears are very small. If a child is sensitive to gluten then the inflammation caused by the reaction to gluten or dairy can cause fluid to remain in the ear. In cases of recurrent ear infections, I recommend the elimination of gluten and dairy form the child’s diet.
Breastfeeding: Breastfed infants develop fewer ear infections than bottle fed babies. Research shows that the longer the baby is breastfed, the lower the risk. If you are bottle-feeding your infant, make sure you feed them in an upright position. Feeding in a laying down position may increase the risk of ear infections.
Cranial Osteopathy: The structure of the head and body has a profound affect on their functioning. Unresolved birth compressions around the base of the skull and the ears can compromise drainage of the Eustachian Tube and leave the ears more vulnerable to recurrent infections. I would highly recommend visiting a cranial osteopath if your child suffers from recurrent ear infections.
Warning: If a doctor has told you that the eardrum has been perforated do NOT use herbal oils in the ears! And do not take essential oils internally, even in small quantities they can be poisonous.