glue ear

Treat Glue Ear Naturally

Glue ear, also known as otitis media with effusion or a middle ear infection with fluid, occurs when the middle ear becomes filled with fluid that cannot drain! Most children will suffer from it at one time or another before the age of ten and it is generally not a cause for concern as it often clears up on its own. It’s primary symptom is mild hearing loss in one or both ears as the build up of fluid prevents the bones in the ear from vibrating and transmitting sound properly.

 

How do I know if I have glue ear?

  • Dulled hearing
  • Problems with speech, language or social interactions
  • Clumsiness
  • Balance problems
  • Selective hearing
  • Turning up the volume
  • Saying ‘what’ or ‘huh’ a lot
  • Being less responsive to sounds
  • Fever
  • Irritability
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache

 

How do I prevent glue ear?

  • Breastfeeding helps to significantly reduce the risk of babies and young children getting glue ear.
  • Stop smoking. Research has shown that children in smoky environments are more prone to ear related problems.
  • Limit exposure to people with colds and ear infections.

 

How can I treat glue ear?

  • Add a few drops of goldenseal to teaspoon of water and gently drop into the ear to help clear out the mucus.
  • Avoid milk products as dairy stimulates mucus production which can worsen glue ear.
  • Mullein or Garlic oil gently dropped into the ear can help to fight off an infection.
  • Echinacea, thyme and garlic can be taken as supplements to help boost the immune system. If your baby is breastfeeding the mother can pass these things through the breast milk.
  • Keep the ear as dry as possible.
  • Place a warm water bottle against the ear to help ease pain and inflammation.
  • Drink lots of water, or feed your baby more often.
  • Gargle with salt water to help clear out the Eustachian tubes.
  • Vitamin C is critical in supporting the immune system.
  • Zing helps to improve immune response.
  • Try making an ear drop of grapeseed or almond oil with three drops of lavender oil. Heat until body temperature then drop a few drops into the ear and plug with a cotton ball.
  • Sleep with your head propped up to encourage the ears to drain.
  • Inhale steam with a few drops of eucalyptus oil to help loosen mucus.
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