Ear infections are quite popular in babies and young children. Fever and ear pain often come on the heels of a cold or respiratory infection. The typical childhood ear infection is in the middle ear and swelling from the initial infection backs up the Eustachian tubes that normally drain fluid. Because child have shorter more horizontal Eustachian tubes and less mature immune systems, they are more prone to ear infections. Chronic ear infections may be a greater concern, because they can affect hearing and thus speech development.
1- Have your doctor test if the ear infection is bacterial or viral before considering antibotics because a viral ear infection will not be affected by antibotics. Sometimes if it is a mild ear infection, the "wait and see" period will allow it to clear up on its own. This is avoid unnecessary use of antibotics, which can lead to development of drug-resistant strains of bacteria.
2- Adjusting a mild subluxation in the neck or back of the skull of a child can help drain fluid from the middle ear. Other studies find that chiropractic care can help a child avert recurrent infections
3- Natural remedies such as nasal spray containing extract of the herb cyclamen europaeum and naturopathic ear drops can ease the pain. Garlic extract or oil is an old fashioned remedy worth trying as well.
4- A healthy diet can help. DHA and ARA are fatty acids that reduce young children's rate of ear infections as well as respiratory infection and asthama. Zinc and probiotic supplementation may also reduce the likelihood of ear infections.