How I avoided using antibiotics for my daughter’s double ear infection.
The night we flew home after attending our nephew’s championship football game in Dallas, TX, Milani (6 months old at the time) developed a low-grade fever. It was during flu season so I admit I was a little unnerved.
I applied some diluted lavender to the bottoms of her feet and back of her neck and ears and watched her through the night to make sure she slept comfortably. When she woke the next morning, the fever had gone down but she seemed more tired than usual. I decided to take her to her pediatrician for a quick check up. Her doctor said she had a double ear infection, which more than likely came as a result of previous congestion and the flight to top it off. He wrote me a prescription for a 10-day course of antibiotics. I stuffed it into my diaper bag with no intention of using it unless I absolutely had to! I looked up all of the essential oils that were safe for babies her age and got to work. I called my friend Rachel who introduced me to Young Living essential oils and she gave me several suggestions. Almost immediately after I applied the diluted oils behind her ears in addition to the garlic ear drops, my baby had relief in a matter of minutes! Since the ears, nose and throat are all connected, I decided to mix oils for all 3 areas to be sure she received relief completely.
Always use caution and good judgment. Never allow your baby to suffer through if they’re not responding to natural remedies fast enough.
Please keep in mind that I have been using essential oils on my daughter since she was born so I know how much dilution is required specifically for her. Also, since she was still happy, eating, wetting and pooping regularly, I made the decision to avoid using antibiotics and use the essentials oils to help her body do what it should do naturally. I had the mindset that if the oils and other remedies weren’t working well enough, I would without a doubt use the prescription in addition to my natural remedies. Always use caution and good judgment. Never allow your baby to suffer through if they’re not responding to natural remedies fast enough.
I did the remedies for 2 weeks just to be safe and made sure the infection was totally cleared up. After the first week I just applied the oils and ear oil 2 or 3 times a day and lessened the other remedies as I saw her improve. I took her back to her pediatrician to check her ears and they were back to normal!
Here’s everything I did for my baby (I only use essential oils by Young Living):
The first thing I did was go immediately to my chiropractor to get her an adjustment to help drain any fluid as a result of the infection. My chiropractor has adjusted both of my kids since they were infants.
To Calm Fever
- Rub lavender under feet and at the base of the neck
- Rub 1 drop of peppermint diluted with coconut oil on navel to bring down temp.
- Dilute lavender and thieves on bottoms of feet using proper dilution ratios for the child’s age.
Immune Boost Rub
Rub down spine and bottoms of feet every 10mins first hour, every 20mins for the second hour, then every hour after as much as possible.
- Mix 2 drops of Frankincense
- 3 drops Oregano
- 1 drops Thyme
- 4 drops Thieves
- 2 drops Lemon
- 2 drops Tea Tree
- 1oz – 2oz vial of carrier oil (Add more carrier oil for sensitive skin)
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