Ear Infection Antibiotics – Do Kids Really Need Them?

Ear Infection Antibiotics

Some doctors say children taking ear infection antibiotics may be doing more harm than good.

This is a very interesting video snippet from a presentation by Dr. Tiffany Johnson where she discusses why kids do not need ear infection antibiotics and that there are natural remedies that can be used to cure and prevent recurrence. Although this natural ‘cure’ is recommended, it definitely will be culture shock to most of us who are used to the doctor or pediatrician prescribing antibiotics for an ear infection or any bacterial infection for that matter.

If anything this is something we all should consider next time our child comes down with an ear infection. Antibiotics are not always effective and often times are prescribed merely because that is the industry standard when it comes to treating illness in this country. There are many natural remedies that can be more effective. These are some popular ones.

Alternatives to Ear Infection Antibiotics

• Applying mild heat can help relieve pain caused by ear infections. Try wrapping a hot water bowl in a towel and placing it against the ear.

• Keep additional moisture from entering your ear by placing a cotton ball in your ear while showering or bathing.

• Vinegar’s acidity creates an inhospitable environment for bacteria. Try placing a drop or two of vinegar in your ear. (Again, do not use this natural remedy if your ear drum is perforated. Don’t use this remedy on children either.)

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As a parent of a child who recently was diagnosed with an ear infection, I can attest to the fact that her doctors immediately prescribed an antibiotic which she took for nearly 10-days. After the 10-days she was noticeably better but I couldn’t help but think that maybe time and some natural remedies may have done the same thing for her in that amount of time. Plus after hearing Dr Johnson speak, I’m now wondering if we may have set her immune system back a ways and possibly altered her ability to fight off the next ear infection that comes to visit. Only time will tell.

Watch and listen and as always, draw your own conclusions to see if this is a method you would like to try the next time your child becomes sick and doctors prescribe ear infection antibiotics.

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