I’m afraid baby Xia has her first ear infection. I don’t know definitely, but I’m pretty sure. My other two got ear infections quite often, so I’m experienced enough to recognize the signs.
It started yesterday when I noticed that she wasn’t nursing well. I thought maybe she just wasn’t hungry. But then this morning, at like 5am she woke up screaming and crying. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her. She has had a little cold for the past week, so I thought maybe her sinuses or her throat were hurting her.
I rocked her in the rocking chair for an hour and a half. She finally dozed off and slept for a long time. But throughout the rest of the day today she hasn’t nursed much at all. Every time I’d try to feed her, she’d start to nurse, then pull off. Start again, then pull off. Again I thought maybe she just wasn’t hungry. I’d keep trying to get her to nurse, but then she would start screaming and crying again. I just couldn’t figure it out.
When my husband came home tonight he heard baby girl screaming again. He asked me what was wrong with her. I started telling him what she’d been doing… not eating, crying when I try to feed her or lay her down, not sleeping well… and as I listed her symptoms all of a sudden I realized, I bet she has an ear infection!
I really needed to know if she does have an ear infection, but I HATE going to the pediatrician’s office. They always give me the hardest time about the choices that I make regarding my children, I feel like they’re gonna call Social Services on me! Plus, with everything that’s going around right now, I really don’t want to take my kids to the doctor’s office, where all of the sick kids are and where my babies could pick up more germs. Not if I don’t have to!
So, I decided to call my midwife neighbor. I wasn’t sure if she would even know how to check for ear infections, or even have the ear checking device thingy, but she’s super smart about stuff, her Mother was a nurse and taught her a lot, so I thought I’d give it a shot. Fortunately for me, she was home, and not busy. I told her that I thought baby Xia had an ear infection, and listed her symptoms. I asked her if she would be able to look in Xia’s ears. She said she could, and told me I was welcome to come over right then, or tomorrow, whenever was good for me. It was almost 8pm! I was like, “Really? Oh my goodness, that is so nice! I’ll be there in just a couple of minutes.”
Poor Xia. She was crying inconsolably when I arrived. Amy said, “Oh yeah, that’s a painful crying.” It was hard to get Xia to be still enough for Amy to look into her ears. The first ear looked okay. She tried to check out the other ear, which happened to be the one that I thought was the hurting one, but I guess there was a lot of wax in the way. She said that Xia had really small ear canals. She couldn’t see that ear well. But she told me that if she does have an ear infection, it would be in that ear.
Because Xia has so many symptoms of an ear infection, she told me to go ahead and treat her for it. Here is what she suggested:
1.) Apply Garlic Oil ear drops.
I crushed (with the side of a butcher knife) three garlic cloves, poured about 5 Tbsp of Olive oil over it, and heated it up in a saucepan over low heat and let it sit for about 15 min. (cause I was in a hurry to get it in her ear). What I didn’t use right away sat for an hour before I removed the cloves.
I’m to put 2 drops of oil in her ear 2-3 times a day for 3 days. I’m going to do this, plus follow Melissa D’s remedy as well, and rub it all over and around the ear with a Q-tip.
2.) Give her some baby Chamomilla tablets. I had some Homeopathic Teething Tablets that she said would work just as well.
3.) Run a humidifier.
4.) After applying the oil in one ear, lay her down with that ear up and put a heated rice pad under the other ear. I just put rice in a clean sock and heated it up. (My problem was finding a sock without a hole in it!) Don’t heat for very long though. I put it in the microwave for like 2 min. and it was steaming for a long time! I let her lay like this for like 15 min. on my lap, so the oil could work it’s way into her ear.
5.) Have her sleep upright. She’s in her bouncy seat next to my bed in her nursery.
If she isn’t better in a couple of days, or seems to get worse, I should take her to the doctor. Amy suggested that I ask them for numbing ear drops. I forget what the name is. I doubt my doctor would give them to me though. They are all about antibiotics and tubes in the ears.
I am PRAYING that she gets over this quickly!! I’ll post my thoughts on this home remedy when Xia is better.
I’m happy to say that Xia is back to her normal sweet self! Actually, after the very first application of the garlic oil in her ear about 2 hours later she seemed to be feeling much better, and even nursed better than she had in a day and a half. She slept through that night with no problems.
I continued the drops twice a day for two more days. She never cried in pain again after that first application. She did occasionally pull off while nursing, but not as often. I think she’s fine now.
Thank you for all of your suggestions! I’m happy to say that this remedy worked very well for us, and I will definitely do it again the next time I suspect an ear infection is coming on!
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.