Homeopathic remedies for glue ear
Glue ear is a condition that is very common in young children and infants. Approximately four in five children will have had the condition by the age of 5. The medical term for glue ear is otitis media with effusion. This condition is generally caused by repeated middle ear infections resulting in an accumulation of sticky fluid behind the ear drum. There are a selection of homeopathic remedies for glue ear available.
The symptoms of glue ear are different to those of middle ear infections. The child won’t necessarily complain of pain or have a fever. The main problem is increasing deafness and in extreme cases total hearing loss. These symptoms usually come on gradually, so your child may not be aware of the condition. The hearing impairment may result in your child having problems with paying attention, interacting with other children, and problems with balance.
The child may also have problems with speech and language. Homeopathic remedies can be given safely and effectively to young children to treat glue ear. Conventional treatment involves antibiotics, steroids and in some cases surgery. Repeated use of antibiotics in young children can compromise natural immune function, and lead to more infections! It is therefore advisable to consider homeopathy and other natural treatments such as cranial osteopathy.
The following homeopathic remedies can be given to children of any age. You should give the remedies in the 30c potency, three times a day for up to two weeks. If there is no improvement after this time, please consult a qualified homeopath.
Pulsatilla is a remedy that should be in every home. This homeopathic remedy can be used for many childhood conditions. Pulsatilla is indicated for glue ear that follows an ear infection. The child may complain of a stuffed up or full feeling in the ear. Children who require this remedy will be emotional, clingy and require lots of sympathy. The symptoms will generally be better in open air. There may be discharges from the ear that are thick, bland and yellow/green in colour.
Merc Sol is a homeopathic remedy that is commonly prescribed for infections. This natural remedy is indicated for ear discharge that is smelly and thick. The child may also have a lot of saliva during sleep.
Calc Carb should be given if the discharge from the ear, and the glands are swollen. The Calc Carb child is generally chubby and sweats from the head at night.
Kali Bic. This homeopathic remedy is commonly used with Pulsatilla and Hydrastis in treating sinus conditions. The discharge from the ear is thick and sticky, and may pass down in the back of the throat.
Graphites is a natural homeopathic remedy that may cause crackling noises in the affected ear, and the child may have thick honey like discharge from the ear.
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