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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: A heated compress may help.

Feedings: If you feed your baby with a bottle, do it standing up. Don�t put your infant to bed with one.

�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 shouldn't smoke 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 June 12, 2020

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 June 12, 2020

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