Over 2 million American children experience fluid in the middle ear each year. So, chances are plausible, your child will be one of them, at some point.
You know the ear ache scream don’t you? It’s awful. You think that for sure they must be dying.
Well, for starters, when you hear a “for sure they must be dying” scream, I’m not about to tell you not to take your child to the doctor. Ear aches of any kind run the risk of being a very, very, very big deal. (I know writers shouldn’t use very, but I wanted that to sound out of place so you realize how very serious they could be.) However, if you have a child, you could already have ON HAND, the Hyland’s Homeopathic Remedy Chest.
Short of a life threatening accident, most things can wait forty five seconds for you to grab your Hyland’s Remedy Chest as you walk out the door to urgent care or while you wait on the phone to reach your pediatrician. And homeopathy can work in less than ten minutes on self-limiting conditions. So, while you wait for the doctors to do their thing, you can be doing yours. None of the potencies in the Remedy Chest are at a level that would be the least bit dangerous. Worse case scenario, they just won’t work because you tried the wrong remedy. But, since you’re headed to the doctor already anyway, you’ve lost no time at all, but for the forty five seconds it took you to grab the remedy.
And if you’re sitting in the waiting room when the homeopathy kicks in, you can let your pediatrician know that it was worse, you gave some Hyland’s, the child is better, but you were trying to be responsible by getting her checked out. At this point they’ll deduct you were making a big deal out of nothing… but once you’ve got homeopathy, you’re going to have to get used to that.
What the AAP Says…
The AAP estimates $4 billion are spent in the U.S. for diagnosing and treating fluid in the ear each year. That is the most common cause of an ear ache in a child. Antihistamines and antibiotics have little effect on the condition. These are not my words, they are according to the general consensus of American Pediatricians. They actually now say that the only treatment that middle ear fluid warrants is watchful waiting. So, chances are, for most earaches, they won’t want to give you an antibiotic anyway. Your own personal doctor may have a different strategy, but the OFFICIAL opinion of the AAP is watch and wait.
That doesn’t mean YOU should watch and wait though. Let them watch and wait. Make sure you have a check up, but then after that, you can get to work on helping your child heal herself.
The use of antibiotics in ear aches seems to create a self-perpetuating cycle. I’m not a crazed hippie. It’s the truth. I talk about it way more in this previous blog. So, we seriously want to stop using them for every last thing. We want to not use antibiotics if at all possible. We want to look at antibiotics as a valuable commodity… a nonrenewable resource. Everybody, hippies and doctors alike know that we’re really pushing the envelop with our antibiotic usage and we have to be more responsible. That may be the main reason for the AAP’s new consensus regarding ear aches.
All the remedies in the Hyland’s Remedy Chest can be used with any medicine your doctor may prescribe. In the potency that is in the kit, they state that they are 100% safe and have no negative side effects on adults, children, babies or even pets.
Here are some of the common remedies to consider for children with ear infections. I’ve listed the remedies and then the symptoms that you would look for pertaining to an ear ache when choosing the right remedy. Choose the remedy that seems to match the symptoms best, but remember, Hyland’s is not menat to take the place of a doctor.
Chamomilla. You can hear the child who needs Chamomilla from a block away. They are uncomfortable and irritable, and they want you to know it. They are the ones I wrote this blog for in the first place. Their yelling is awful and it makes you uncomfortable. The child is demanding. You can’t get anything done and the child’s mood ends up ruining your mood too. It almost seems as if they want you to be miserable too!
Pulsatilla. The cry is usually wimpier, and it’s the kind of cry where you feel compelled to just hold them and soothe them. The child clearly wants sympathy and to be held. Discharges are usually yellow or green. They generally feel better from the open air. Children who respond best to this typically have little thirst or appetite.
Belladonna. We think of Belladonna for illnesses with sudden, violent onset. The child is typically feverish. The pupils are often dilated and the child s very sensitive to light. Their head is usually hot but their arms and legs are usually cold. The child will jerk around in her sleep or twitch and are generally restless.
Ferrum Phos. The homeopathic materia medica says, “violent earache, acute otitis media when Belladonna fails.” That means it seems like Belladonna would help, but after a couple doses, Belladonna didn’t help. Ferrum Phos is much like Belladonna except less intense.
Hepar Sulph. Think of thick yellow discharge. This is what Hepar Sulph works best for. The pain often feels like splinters.