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What are at-home treatments for an ear infection?

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You can do things at home to ease your ear infection symptoms. Talk to your doctor first about these tips:

  • Warmth: You may find a heated compress brings comfort.
  • Feedings: If you feed your baby with a bottle, do it standing up. Don't put your infant to bed with one. Try to take your child off it as soon as the doctor thinks your child is ready.
  • Gargling: In older children or adults, saltwater helps soothe a raw throat and may help clear the Eustachian tubes.
  • Stand tall: Holding your head erect can help drain your middle ear.
  • Fresh air: Smokers should refrain from smoking inside the house or anywhere near your child.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Risk Factors,” “Causes,” “Diagnosis,” “Treatments,” “Reye’s syndrome,” “Antibiotic Therapy.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Tubes.” Academy of American Family Physicians. Merck. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.


Mount Sinai Hospital: “Myringotomy.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Eustachian Tube Dysfunction.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 6, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Risk Factors,” “Causes,” “Diagnosis,” “Treatments,” “Reye’s syndrome,” “Antibiotic Therapy.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Tubes.” Academy of American Family Physicians. Merck. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.


Mount Sinai Hospital: “Myringotomy.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Eustachian Tube Dysfunction.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 6, 2018

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