Antibiotics save lives, but unfortunately their overuse has made them less effective against antibiotic-resistant "super-bugs."
"It used to be common for doctors to treat ear infections with antibiotics. And while antibiotics at times may be needed, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a "wait-and-see" approach. Around 80 percent of children get better on their own within two or three days, and almost all are better within a week to ten days.
Parents Magazine notes that if the illness is pneumonia or bacterial meningitis antibiotics are needed. This article describes what to expect when you take your sick child to the doctor, and why your doctor will probably recommend a course of "watch and wait."
Children who chew gum that contains xylitol have fewer ear infections. Research demonstrated that xylitol can reduce the adherence of certain bacteria that cause tooth decay and helped prevent ear infections. Exceed Sugarless Gum contains xylitol. You can also help prevent and fight infections by promoting a healthy immune system by consistently taking the Vitality Pack with Oligo or Koala Pals Multivitamin and Mineral Chewable for children.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide suggests using a drop of T36-C5 or T40-C3 Melaleuca oil (tea tree oil) mixed with 15 to 20 drops of warm olive oil. Insert the oil mixture directly into the outside ear canal with a dropper 3 to 4 times daily. Avoid using full-strength Melaleuca oil in ears, as local irritation can result. A wet warm compress to hold against the outer ear can be made by dropping a few drops of Melaleuca oil on a wet wash cloth and warming it up in the microwave. Congestion can be relieved by inhaling the steam from the Melaleuca oil treated wash cloth. Antihistamines or decongestants are sometimes recommended to help reduce excess trapped fluid.
Good to Know
Melaleuca oil has anti-inflammatory properties that make it soothing and helps reduce pain. It has long been used as a treatment for ear infections.
~ Richard M Barry
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When my son was 3 1/2 years old he woke in the middle of the night screaming in pain. Not sure what was wrong, I left my husband home with our other children and drove 30 min with him to the nearest hospital ER. He was found to have a raging ear infection in both ears. Before I realized what they were giving him, the doctor gave my son a dose of liquid MORPHINE!! Morphine to my 3 year old!! I was so upset, we left the ER with antibiotics and they insisted I take morphine home with us as they were sure he would need more. My son continued to cry all the way home. Close to an hour after he was given MORPHINE he was still in pain! After returning home and knowing what was causing his pain, I mixed together some warmed olive oil with a few drops of T36 C5 Melaleuca oil. Within MINUTES he calmed down and went to sleep! And of course the morphine went directly into the trash!! Thank you Melaleuca for healing my son. He is now a very healthy college athlete benefitting daily from your amazing products.
I was on a vacation with my husband and I got this severe earache maybe from the water. Then my other ear started to bother me. I always travel with the T36-C5 in my first aid kit. I got some oil from the salad bar and mixed it with the T36-C5 and put it on cotton and placed it in my ears. It took the pain away shortly after in both ears and did not come back. Even on the airplane my ears did not bother me. I have been prone to earaches since I was a child. Thank you, Frank, for such a wonderful product and others.
We have a sweet little Shih Tzu dog that is getting very old. She has dental problems that will cost way too much to fix at the vet. And because of those dental issues her bad breath gets very hard to handle up close. She is very sensitive about her mouth and will not allow us to see into her mouth without sedation. I have found a great little helper in using the Melaleuca Oil! I simply mix up the oil with the appropriate amount of olive oil to treat ear infections in small dogs, as stated in The Melaleuca Wellness Guide and drop the drops in her ears. The oil goes to work in her little head and helps with the infection, and the bad breath goes away. And the sweet little girl can eat better as well because things don't hurt anymore. Thank you Melaleuca for the oil and RM Barry for the Wellness Guide that tells how to use it.
My daughter suffered from multiple ear infections in her early years, even after having tubes put in. I had not yet been introduced to Melaleuca. After I became a customer, anytime she gets a cold or the slightest ache, we place warm carrier oil on a cotton ball. Next we place a few drops of Melaleuca oil on the cotton ball and let her sleep with them in her ears. This has prevented additional ear infections. I only wish I knew about Melaleuca sooner!
(Editor's Note: Cotton balls can become choke hazards for babies.)
I am so thankful, for so many things the products have done for me and my family. One being that all my life I would get earaches often, and would have to be on antibiotics every time. The pain was terrible! Since Melaleuca came into my life, I started using a bit of warm olive oil and a drop or two of the tea tree oil into my ear with a bit of cotton baton. In no time at all, I would feel so much better, and do not remember the last time I have been on antibiotics. I actually don't get that many earaches any more.
I was born with an ear defect. For 16 years I did not know what it was like to be without an ear infection and ear pain. As I got older I had ear issues only a few times a month. Fast forward to using MelaGel behind my ear and on the outside of the ear canal. I use it before boarding a plane, when I will be in cold weather, when water gets in my ear, and when I feel a cold coming on. I use the Melaleuca oil as well around my ear when it is in pain. All of this has decreased the onset of pain, and has lessened the frequency of infections. I am pleased that after 18 years of Melaleuca products I have less anxiety over getting earaches.