We have a Rubber Duck down today – #TheStretchySon has a double ear infection and a high fever. He is the picture of misery. It is clearly bacterial, so I had no problem starting amoxicillin. But I am also using this extremely effective trick for clearing out the infection and most important, PAIN CONTROL. Parents would do just about anything to reduce pain from an ear infection, because they hurt like a son-of-a-b****!
The Onion Ear Muff
Onions are very powerful antimicrobials. If you heat them up, they provide moist, steam heat. Since we have two infected ears, I did a double “onion ear muff.” 1. Heat half an onion between 30-60 seconds in microwave (no more than 30 for children under 2 years old.) 2. Wrap in a bandanna so the flat side is down like in the photo. 3. Hold at the ear as close as the child will let you. As it cools, keep bringing it closer, until you can rest against the ear. Often this will be what gets them to sleep, so it’s ok to lay against their ear while sleeping once it is cool enough.
It’s a bit stinky, but it will wash off the pillow cases in the laundry – use old ones if you are concerned. Repeat as needed for comfort.
If you have access to a natural food store, Garlic Oil ear drops are also amazing at soothing and working on the infection. I do both the oil and the onion, whether I am treating with antibiotics, or catching it really early and preventing it from progressing. I have stopped some ear infections dead in their tracks with this trick, which goes to show you how effective it can be.
Italian people have told me that their mothers and grandmothers used potatoes instead of onions whenever they had infections, colds, flu, etc. This makes sense to me, because of a study I once heard about. It concluded that the reason we seem to get “food poisoning” so easily from potato salad is not because of the mayonnaise, as conventionally thought, but because the potatoes and onions are so good at absorbing and retaining bacteria from the food around it. (Yuck for the eating aspect, but yay for alternative medicine!)
What are your favorite “kitchen remedies”? Share them in the comments below!