How To Reduce Ear Aches In Children
If you have a child or care for children, you already know how often they come down with ear aches or ear infections! Here at Punkin Butt, we recognized the need to treat this common problem naturally, which is why we created our Punkin Butt Ear Oil. Your child’s small ears aren’t able to drain fluids as well as our adult ones, and they’re also still developing the ability to fight off viruses and bacteria. For that reason, it’s important to watch out for the signs of an ear ache, and if one occurs, try to stop it from developing into an ear infection.
In today’s blog post, we’ll be sharing a few causes of ear aches and what you can do to reduce the likelihood that your child will develop one. If they do, though, make sure that you have a bottle of our famous Punkin Butt Ear Oil to soothe their pain! Shop now and browse our other homeopathic products, including homeopathic teething remedies and diaper rash spray.
Causes of Ear Aches and Ear Infections
Ear infections occur in your middle ear, which is the air-filled space behind your eardrum. Many different things can cause an ear ache or ear infection, including a cold, flu, or even allergies. These things all tend to cause congestion and swelling in the nasal passages and throat, and when the fluid builds up and doesn’t drain properly, it can end up causing an ear infection. Ear aches and ear infections are more likely to occur in the fall and winter, when other illnesses like colds are on the rise. Children under two are more prone to getting ear aches and ear infections because their ears are smaller and shaped differently than older children.
There are also additional factors that can lead to children having a higher risk of ear aches and ear infections. For example, children who attend daycare tend to have more colds, which makes them more likely to get ear aches. If this is true for your family, be sure to have a bottle of Punkin Butt Ear Oil at hand to sooth your child’s pain! Children with cleft palates and babies born prematurely are also at a higher risk. As are children with allergies or those exposed to cigarette smoke.
A child can have ear pain without an infection, though, and that is a great time to use natural ear drops, like Punkin Butt Ear Oil. Our natural ear drops are the perfect homeopathic product to help soothe your child’s pain naturally.
Signs of an Ear Infection:
- Ear pain, especially when lying down
- Redness or swelling of the ear
- Child pulling or rubbing their ears
- Ear leakage or trouble hearing
- Vomiting, headache, or fever
Things You Can Do
Ear aches can be caused by many different things, and some children are just more likely to get them than others! However, there are a few things you can to do help reduce the chances of your child getting an ear ache or ear infection. If your child does have an ear ache, though, using natural ear drops is a great way to help them get through the pain.
Bottles and Pacifiers
When a child drinks from a bottle while lying down, they’re more likely to get an ear infection. The same is true for using a pacifier. That is because the liquid they are drinking or the increased saliva production can get into their Eustachian tubes and middle ear when they are in this position. Some say that breastfeeding your baby in a lying down position will also increase the chance of ear infections, however, research does not indicate that this is true.
Cigarette smoke and other air pollutants can increase your child’s chance of developing an ear ache or ear infection. You can get your home air quality checked and install a clean air system. Also be sure to have anyone who smokes do so outside, including e-cigarettes and vaporizers. Try to avoid exposing your baby to air pollution as much as possible.
While not all mothers are able to breastfeed their babies, it has been shown that babies who nurse for a year or more tend to have fewer infections.
During the cold season — and year round! — it’s important that your child stays hydrated. Along with helping them fight colds, swallowing also helps open the eustachian tube so that fluid trapped in the ear can drain more easily.
Punkin Butt Natural Ear Drops
Here at Punkin Butt, we’re moms too, and we are committed to creating the safest, all-natural baby products, including Punkin Butt Ear Oil. Our famous Punkin Butt Teething Oil for babies is the homeopathic product that started our journey, and we’ve continued creating other products, like our diaper rash spray. In order to create our high-quality, safe products, we have joined forces with an aromatherapist, a naturopath, and a couple local pediatricians. Read our story and join the growing movement of parents buying all-natural products for themselves and their children!