Finding a medicinal remedy for earache is easy. A quick stop at your local grocery store or pharmacy will supply you with everything you need to cure that common childhood illness. Your child will be feeling better in no time with a few simple items that are inexpensive as well as effective. In fact, you may already have many of them in your home medicine cabinet for treating other illnesses. If you have children but don’t have anything at home to treat an earache with, you may want to invest in some ingredients for effective home remedies and save a trip to the doctor.
If you have a heating pad filled with some type of gel or grain, it can be heated in the microwave and then held against the aching ear. If you have a hot water bottle, it can be used in the same way. Be mindful of the temperature, though. You don’t want your child holding something that is too hot against his ear. This could result in worse injury to your child. The compress should be warm, not hot, to avoid burning the skin. Rubbing alcohol and white vinegar, when combined in a 1:1 ratio, makes an effective ear drop. Products such as hydrogen peroxide, mouthwash, medicinal chest rub, tiger balm and teething gel may already be in your medicine or bathroom cabinet and can be used as a remedy for earache. Put 1 to 2 drops of one of the above onto a cotton ball and place in ear. Mineral oil can be used as ear drops when heated. It also works well to coat the ear prior to swimming.
It helps to prevent excess moisture from getting in. Pain killers may also help relieve symptoms. Paracetamol, ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be very effective, especially when used in conjunction with any of the above remedies. An earache can be caused by many different things. Excess moisture in the ear, ear infections, colds and the flu can all cause earaches. Especially with young children, be careful if they start running a fever as they can have a seizure if the fever will not come down. In addition, an earache may be a symptom of a much more serious medical condition. Monitor the earache while you are treating it. If it is not getting better, you may want to go ahead and make an appointment with the doctor. He or she may suggest tubes or other measures to prevent future earaches, especially if your child gets them frequently. However, before you call the doctor, try a medicinal remedy for earache and see if it doesn’t cure the illness.